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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before the start of their meeting in New Delh, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan on Tuesday to join other nations in tackling terrorism, and said Islamabad should not feel isolated by planned trilateral talks between the United States, India and Afghanistan.

"It is vital that Pakistan join with other nations in fighting this challenge," Kerry told a news conference, saying he had been in touch with Pakistan's civilian and military leaders on terrorism and noting progress in counter-terrorism operations in the west of the country.

"My hope is that Pakistan as a country is not isolated by this, but is encouraged by this," Kerry said, referring to the planned U.S.-India-Afghan talks that would be held at the annual U.N. meetings in New York.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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