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US-India joint statement assails LeT

Published Sep 24, 2015 07:12am

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US reiterates its support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.—Reuters
US reiterates its support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.—Reuters
US reiterates its support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.—Reuters
US reiterates its support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.—Reuters

WASHINGTON: In their first ever joint declaration on combating terrorism, the United States and India have equated Lashkar-e-Taiba with Al Qaeda affiliates and warned that such groups were seeking to undermine stability in South Asia.

They also pledged to continue high-level consultations on Afghanistan, making clear their “enduring commitment to the Afghan people”.

The United States reiterated its support for India’s membership in four major global non-proliferation export control regimes, including the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Washington also reaffirmed its support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member.

Both endorsed the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers led by the US and called for its timely and thorough implementation by Tehran.

The document on terrorism was one of several declarations issued after the first US-India strategic and commercial dialogue held in Washington on Tuesday. US Secretary of State John Kerry led the US team in these talks while Minister of External Affairs Sush­ma Swaraj and her team represented India.

The joint declaration identified terrorism as a profound threat to global peace and security and reaffirmed their leaders’ “Vision to transform the US-India relationship into a defining counter-terrorism partnership for the 21st century”.

The two sides also pointed out “the threat posed by entities such as Al Qaeda and its affiliates, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Moha­mmad, D Company, and the Haqqani Network, and other regional groups that seek to undermine stability in South Asia”.

They urged Pakistan to “bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack”.

The United States also joined India in strongly condemning the July 27 terrorist attack in Gurdaspur and the August 5 attack in Udhampur.

They also recognised the serious threat posed by the self-styled IS to global security and affirmed efforts to degrade and defeat this threat.

At the meeting, India confirmed its participation in the February 2015 White House summit on countering violent extremism. Pakistan is also expected to attend this summit.

The United States and India are also working on a bilateral agreement to expand intelligence sharing and terrorist watch-list information.

The two sides discussed the inclusion of Mumbai in the Strong Cities Network, a forum to build sub-national resiliency against violent extremism.

In a separate meeting, India Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reviewed proposals for raising India-US trade fivefold to $500 billion.

The two teams renewed the US-India Technology Safeguards Agreement to facilitate the launch of US satellite components on Indian space launch vehicles.

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sps Sep 24, 2015 07:19am

Wow! this is great co-operation between two countries.

Ravi chauhan Sep 24, 2015 07:33am

Finally US confirms its support for India as permanent member of UNSC. INDIA DESERVES IT.

sohail_wazir Sep 24, 2015 07:34am

India-USA, friendship is based on mutual interest and dictated by own interests, where each partner is double timing other

ZAK Sep 24, 2015 07:34am

What we going to do now Mr. Shariffs.

Eastlook Sep 24, 2015 07:45am

@ZAK nothing beside again get frustration.

indian Sep 24, 2015 07:47am

great to hear

sonny afridi Sep 24, 2015 07:47am

@ZAK Funny photos.

MOGAMBO Sep 24, 2015 07:55am

The thing that matters most in the declaration is increasing trade to $500 billion. For India to be strong,trade and economy is prime. Already trade with China is multiplying every year. Now,China is conducting feasibility study for high speed rail in two important sections in India. For cutting edge military technology,collaboration with Israel is progressing beautifully. Trade co operation with GCC member countries is going on excellently,recent being multi billion dollar investment by UAE in Indian infrastructure. Once Chabahar port becomes operational with Iran,trade with central Asian countries will boost. And to supplement all these,world class Universities in India is producing skilled manpower. With GDP at par with China, India is really progressing. Well done India and keep it up .

Vivek M Sep 24, 2015 08:06am

Pakistan should also raise their standards in education and industry sector and should try to get as much assistance from China in this area (their ally) , spent very less on armed forces and bring strong nationalism. India did 60% of this and today we are here.

s.khan Sep 24, 2015 08:14am

US has been affirming its support for India's seat in UNSC since president Clinton visited in late 1990s. No action has been initiated in the last 15 years. This has become a boiler plate statement that every American leader from the president to the secretary of state pronounce routinely. A few more repetition and it will lose its significance.

s.khan Sep 24, 2015 08:15am

US has been affirming its support for India's seat in UNSC since president Clinton visited in late 1990s. No action has been initiated in the last 15 years. This has become a boiler plate statement that every American leader from the president to the secretary of state

sajid Sep 24, 2015 08:19am

Let's see the reaction of Russia, for Pakistan it is quite normal, as Amercian did many times and we are used to.

Sadhu Sep 24, 2015 08:38am

As a regional power, India deserve to get permanent membership in UNSC to safeguard the interest of our region.

Gurpreet Singh Sabharwal (USA) Sep 24, 2015 08:40am

This is what a real partnership between two nations looks like.

roshan Sep 24, 2015 08:47am

@s.khan

its no joke to get seat permanent seat at UN

P5 will keep dragging & avoiding UN reforms

STAN THE MAN Sep 24, 2015 08:49am

There is one person who can change Pakistan Future and he is IMRAN KHAN Please if he is elected pakistan can be next swrden as pak has all natural resources

Zak. Sep 24, 2015 08:51am

This looks like a non starter.

Robert Sep 24, 2015 08:52am

@ZAK Simple. Just follow the old adage: If you can't beat them, join them".

Shaam سے Sep 24, 2015 08:55am

@s.khan Bro, things have mighty changed from the past to present, إن شاء الله you'll see the changes materialize b/w US-Ind. On a side note, why can't Pakistan- India forget "K" and work towards trade-commerce, education, joint cooperation in space technology etc... you have seen the outcome of "Kashmir" now try trade and commerce... if it does not work, we can always come back to Kashmir "What Say"!

Zak. Sep 24, 2015 08:57am

"Washington also reaffirmed its support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member."

Non starter with Kashmir resolutions hanging on India's head. Loc violations, UNMOGIP reports incrimnating India. US did not even vote last time on UN reformed proposal. West, US don't want UNSC to change, but they go through the rituals to please others.

Faraz Sep 24, 2015 08:59am

@Gurpreet Singh Sabharwal (USA) you mean oozing statements

Zak Sep 24, 2015 10:10am

@Gurpreet Singh Sabharwal (USA) is it the same as the, Russian-Indian one looked like.

Zak Sep 24, 2015 10:11am

@roshan they don't need to drag, just make statements but do nothing.

NY Sep 24, 2015 10:23am

@Zak, let it be just a statement but it good enough to give investors more confidence to invest more in India

Sumit Sep 24, 2015 10:42am

@sajid....this is what indian diplomacy is considered to be best in world...... India has excellent partnership with both Russia and USA..... India has very good relationship with Israel , Iran and arab world.... India is a good friend of Japan, south korea, Vietnam but we have good relations with China too....... India is a powerful and valuable country and whole world is becoming partner of India...

D. M. Jhala Sep 24, 2015 10:48am

India - Pak shouldn't forget that they're brothers and they should live like European...they fought each other but now they are together... there is no border between them... common people want peace and brotherhood

indian friend Sep 24, 2015 10:52am

Trade go up to 500bn $ thats good.rest will come as we grow like unsc permanent membership or NSG membership and many more.

Nitin Sep 24, 2015 12:04pm

@s.khan...same USA put restrictions on India after pokharan nuke test, but after few months it came forward to shake India's hand...... same USA denied nuclear agreement from past many years, but one day same USA signed nuclear deal with India... moral of the story is every country look after it's interest, and India is rapidly growing, so USA n whole world will incline more towards India....hence your argument becomes irrelevant... checkmate !!! :)

Last Word Sep 25, 2015 08:55am

The joint statement gives a strong message to Pakistan to change its mind-set on terrorism otherwise it may invite trouble for the country.

Friend_Indeed Sep 25, 2015 03:59pm

As expected Russia knows India's stand about US and do know that India know how to play game with US. Thus clarifies its support for India's UNSC permanent seat. http://in.rbth.com/world/2015/09/16/rusia-to-back-india-for-unsc_397253

Indobro Sep 25, 2015 05:24pm

What works at the end is self interest and money power. India is the 2nd most populous country, fast growing and having largest number of middle class population to spend surplus money in hand. The US threatened us in 1971 with its 7th Fleet. US denied us Super Computer and we made it. They denied nuclear supply and we created it. They know more they deny the more we will be self reliant. If they ignore India, they will be the looser. If India stops buying their arms and capital good or government bonds millions will loose their jobs in US.

China which Pakistan claims to be its best friend have invested US$ 229.5 mn in 2014-15 (boi.gov.pk) where as it has invested US$ 410.14 mn in India. Even Chinese can not ignore the Indian market and restrains any bilateral issue to escalate beyond a point.

This is the reason why I advocate that Pakistan should make it business enable country. The more it makes the economy strong, the less the world will be able to ignore it.