US in­dis­pens­able part­ner: Modi in Congress speech

Ter­ror­ism is be­ing in­cu­bated in In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood: PM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE -

WASH­ING­TON: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wed­nes­day pushed for deeper ties with the US, de­scrib­ing it as an “in­dis­pens­able part­ner” as he called for iso­lat­ing coun­tries that har­bour and spon­sor ter­ror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Is­lamic State.

Dur­ing his ad­dress to a joint sit­ting of the US Congress, Modi made no men­tion of Pak­istan but it was clear who he was re­fer­ring to. While specif­i­cally nam­ing Pak­istan-based LeT, Modi said the pol­icy to counter ter­ror must delink re­li­gion from the men­ace and make no dis­tinc­tion be­tween “good” and “bad” ter­ror­ists.

Modi ad­dressed mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate a day af­ter his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who backed In­dia’s can­di­da­ture for the elite Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group. The two sides also agreed on the build­ing of six nu­clear re­ac­tors in In­dia and mea­sures to rat­ify the Paris cli­mate ac­cord. “In ev­ery sec­tor of In­dia’s for­ward march, I see the US as an in­dis­pens­able part­ner,” said Modi, whose re­marks were re­peat­edly ap­plauded by the law­mak­ers.

“Many of you also be­lieve that a stronger and pros­per­ous In­dia is in Amer­ica’s strate­gic in­ter­est. Let us work to­gether to con­vert shared ideals into prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion.” CON­TIN­UED ON P11 RE­LATED REPORTS, P11

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