On an official visit to India, General Raymond Thomas, Commander of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), US Army, called on Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

The two Generals deliberated on the developing regional security environment, issue of global terrorism and Pakistan’s continued support to terrorism, an official release said on Friday.

Acknowledging India’s role in peace and stability in the region, Gen Raymond emphasised the need for further military cooperation in the field of technology and military-to-military exchanges between the two countries.

The visiting General was told that in the current scenario, the Indian Army remained fully prepared for emerging challenges.

“In the last three weeks, disinformation campaign by the adversary on digital media has increased. All ranks have been well sensitised of these disinformation campaigns and all ranks can see through the lie, deceit and deception of the terror sponsors,” the press release added.

The meeting between the two Generals comes days after the Pulwama terrorist attack which left 44 CRPF personnel dead.

On 16 February, two days after the attack, US National Security Adviser John Bolton telephoned his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and said that America supports India’s right to self-defence.