India, US pledge to eliminate terrorist safe havens


India, US Pledge To Eliminate Terrorist Safe Havens.

WASHINGTON: The US has joined India in condemning the terror strike in Jammu, as the two countries vowed to disrupt terrorist networks like the al-Qaida and LeT while calling on Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack.

"They reiterated their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, and reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, and disrupting terrorist networks including Al-Qaida and the Lashkar-e- Taiba," said a joint India-US statement issued after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met US President Barack Obama at the Oval Office.

Obama and Singh "strongly condemned" the September 26 terrorist attack in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir, the joint statement said, indicating that terrorism in the region figured prominently in the talks between the two leaders at the White House which lasted for over an hour.

Ten people, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed in the two terror attacks near Jammu on Thursday.

"The leaders called for Pakistan to work towards bringing the perpetrators of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice," the joint statement said.

In the 2008 Mumbai attacks 166 people, including six Americans, were killed and hundreds more were wounded.

Before the meeting, Indian officials had told reporters that the issue of LeT and its founder Hafiz Saeed was to figure prominently during the talks.

In their joint statement, the two leaders called for expanding security cooperation between the US and India to address 21st century challenges in the areas of counter-terrorism, cyber, space, and global health security.

Affirming their deep concern over the continuing threat posed by terrorism, Obama and Singh stressed the need for joint and concerted effort, including dismantling of terrorist safe havens, and disrupting all financial and tactical support for terrorism.

They decided to significantly expand information sharing and intelligence cooperation to address threats to their respective nations, including strengthening the bilateral relationship to exchange information on known and suspected terrorists.

Obama and Singh emphasized the importance of expanding homeland security cooperation to enhance exchanges on megacity policing strategies, securing the global supply chain and anti-counterfeiting efforts.

India welcomed the US offer of membership in the American 'Global Entry' Trusted Traveller Network Programme to facilitate expedited entry of Indian travellers to the US.

Following the meeting, Obama hosted Singh for lunch.

Show Full Article
Print Article
Download The Hans India Android App or iOS App for the Latest update on your phone.
Subscribed Failed...
Subscribed Successfully...
More Stories