US, India agree to boost anti-terror cooperation

by Linda Olson August 31, 2016, 1:30

We also agreed that countries must not categorise terrorists as good or bad, ' said the Indian foreign minister.

"We reaffirmed the urgent necessity for Pakistan to dismantle safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks including Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D Company".

They said the two countries also renewed their commitment to track down and prosecute the people responsible for several terrorist attacks on Indian soil.

Sushma Swaraj and Kerry will lead their respective sides at the Dialogue to review the progress on decisions taken last time and identify new areas of cooperation. "We look forward to continue working closely with the U.S. to secure our membership of the NSG and permanent membership of the UN Security Council", Sushma Swaraj said.

"Let me be clear..." Terrorism is terrorism, ' Kerry said at a press conference alongside Swaraj.

Kerry arrived from neighbouring Bangladesh where he held talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina on efforts to combat extremism following a recent series of deadly attacks. "But I would urge you to find a just and non-discriminatory solution to these issues", Swaraj said during her opening remarks at the plenary session.

A government statement from New Delhi said: "India and the U.S. have signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in Washington DC".

Attacks by the Taliban on Afghan territory from across the border in Pakistan would also come up for discussion, he said.

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India will also make a strong push for more United States help in securing membership to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG.

The top USA diplomat also expressed hope that a deal to provide nuclear energy assistance to India would move ahead.

It must be noted that both India and USA had decided on a bilateral trade target of about United States dollars 500 billion and this meeting gains importance as both sides will look at means and ways to improve trade and investment.

A US State Department senior official said India needed to further reform its economy if the two nations were to achieve their goal.

"I'm very, very confident that we will continue to strengthen what President Obama has called the defining partnership of the 21st century", Kerry said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

India, which has historically relied heavily on Russian Federation for arms imports, also seeks better access to USA technology so it can modernize its aging military and build more sophisticated hardware.

New Delhi has rejected Pakistan's invitation to hold talks on the future of Jammu and Kashmir, India's northernmost state, saying it is an integral part of the nation.

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