In­dia, US pledge to fight ter­ror

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IN­DIA and the US this week re­it­er­ated their com­mit­ment to co-op­er­ate in the fight against in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

Dur­ing the first meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day, the two also agreed to boost eco­nomic co-oper­a­tion.

“Fight­ing ter­ror­ism and de­stroy­ing the hide­outs of ter­ror­ists will be an im­por­tant part of our mu­tual co-oper­a­tion,” Modi said as he ad­dressed the me­dia with Trump af­ter del­e­ga­tion-level talks.

“We will en­hance in­tel­li­gence ex­change to ad­dress com­mon con­cerns about ter­ror­ism and deepen our pol­icy co-or­di­na­tion ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

Modi added that both na­tions had agreed to co-op­er­ate bet­ter to tackle global chal­lenges such as in­creas­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism.

His com­ments came hours af­ter the US de­clared the Pak­istan-based Hizbul Mu­jahideen leader Syed Salahud­din a global ter­ror­ist.

Modi said In­dia was com­mit­ted to peace in Afghanistan and re­build­ing that coun­try was a pri­or­ity.

“In­dia and the US are work­ing to­gether to bring peace and sta­bil­ity to Afghanistan.”

He said he and Trump had agreed to work closely on boost­ing mar­itime trade.

Modi said In­dia would ben­e­fit from a strong, suc­cess­ful Amer­ica.

He in­vited Trump to visit In­dia with his fam­ily.

For his part, Trump said In­dia and the US had been struck by the evils of ter­ror­ism “and we are both de­ter­mined to de­stroy ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions and the rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy that drives them”.

“We will de­stroy rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism,” he said.

Trump con­grat­u­lated In­dia on the 70th an­niver­sary of its in­de­pen­dence, which will be cel­e­brated in Au­gust.

“Dur­ing my campaign, I pledged that, if I were elected, In­dia would have a true friend in the White House. And that is now ex­actly what you have – a true friend.”

The talks were pre­ceded by a one-on-one meet­ing be­tween Modi and Trump in the Oval Of­fice. – IANS

PIC­TURE: AP

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump greets In­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the White House.

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