Washington, Sept. 23 (ANI): Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry, on the occasion of the inaugural India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here on Tuesday, reaffirmed the commitment of both nations to combat terrorism in all its forms, which constitutes a profound threat to global peace and security and also recognized the serious threat posed by terror outfit ISIL.
Both nations also reiterated President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform the U.S.-India relationship into a defining counterterrorism partnership for the 21st century.
India and the U.S. also recognized the serious threat posed by ISIL to the global security and affirmed efforts to degrade and defeat this threat in accordance with the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2178, 2170, and 2199.
The joint statement also commended that progress toward India’s entry into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Global Entry Program and the inclusion of Mumbai in the Strong Cities Network, a forum to build sub-national resiliency against violent extremism.
Swaraj in her statement earlier, further put pressure on Pakistan over terrorism, saying that India and the United States of America will join hands on their efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
When asked by Editor, News at ANI Smita Prakash, as to what were the decisions made by India and the U.S to jointly combat terrorism, Sushma said, “Terrorism is the biggest menace and also the greatest challenge. We reiterate the threat posed by Al Qaeda, LeT, JeM, D company and the Haqqani Network and other regional groups.” (ANI)