United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Thursday condemned the September 18 Uri attack and offered her condolences to the families of the 18 Indian soldiers who were killed, reported PTI. Rice told her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval over phone that the US hopes Pakistan will take necessary steps to “combat and delegitimise” outfits that are designated "militant" by the United Nations.

Spokesperson of National Security Council Ned Price told PTI, "Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan take effective action to combat and delegitimise United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates." He added that Rice reiterated US President Barack Obama's commitment to bringing the perpetrators to book. Rice also told Doval that the US would like to increase collaboration with India in order to restore peace in the region and act against militant groups.

At the same time, John Kerry has requested India not to escalate the situation with Pakistan at a time when ties between the two neighbouring countries have worsened, reported The Indian Express. In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj came down heavily on Pakistan and said all steps should be taken to isolate Islamabad if it is not willing to join the fight against terrorism.