India, US to deepen cooperation on anti-terror fight
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a significant move, India and the United States on Wednesday agreed to deepen cooperation in fighting terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring to justice the 2008 Mumbai attack perpetrators.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi.
In their joint statement on combating terrorism, they recognised the threat posed by terror groups operating from terror safe havens within the South Asia region.
India and the US decided to take their counter-terrorism co-operation to the next level in view of the continued danger faced from terror groups and the emergence of the new global threat from the Islamic State.
At the conclusion of the dialogue, India and US issued a separate joint statement on counter-terrorism co-operation, pledging to fight terrorism together.
Swaraj said the joint statement reiterated commitment of the two countries on common approach against terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Haqqani network and the D-Company (of Dawood Ibrahim).
“We (India and the US) reiterate that the threat posed by Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D-Company (Dawood Ibrahim), Haqqani network and other regional groups undermines stability in South Asia.”
“And we call to Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack,” Swaraj told reporters while reading from the joint statement.
Swaraj said the two countries were determined to fight terrorism to the end and were committed to bringing all their efforts together in this fight against terrorism.
The two countries also reaffirmed their commitment to a secure and stable Afghanistan and agreed to launch an Ocean Dialogue, an issue close to Kerry’s heart. Both Swaraj and Kerry described the meeting as “meaningful and productive”.
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