US indispensable partner: Modi in Congress speech
Terrorism is being incubated in India’s neighbourhood: PM
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