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Modi-Obama Meet: India, US to Fight Terrorism Together

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi shaking hand with the with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama, after press statement, at the White House, in Washington DC on September 30, 2014. (PIB Photo)

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi shaking hand with the with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama, after press statement, at the White House, in Washington DC on September 30, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have agreed to make “joint and concerted efforts” to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like LeT, JeM, D-company, al Qaeda and Haqqani network, on Tuesday.
The duos have also agreed that the two countries will take steps to disrupt financial and tactical support to these terror outfits during their first Summit meeting at the White House.
However, officials have made it clear that India was not going to join “any coalition” in fight against terrorism in West Asia and they also clarified that a trilateral partnership agreed on Afghanistan would be developmental in nature, not military cooperation.
According to reports, the officials said that the “joint and concerted efforts” on dismantling safe havens for terrorist groups and criminal networks do not mean that India and the US were not going to launch operations but carry out any UN-mandated task.
The topics of discussions during the meet included cooperation in defence, security, energy economic and space.
A decision to break the impasse on implementation of civil nuclear deal has been taken by the leaders. Modi said, “We are serious about resolving issues on both sides in civil nuclear energy cooperation. This is important to India for meeting energy security needs.”
In order to address the issues of liability, administrative and technical issues, an inter-agency contact group will be set up. Agencies like DAE, MEA and Finance Ministry will be involved from the Indian side.
According to reports, Joint Secretary (Americas) Vikram Doraiswami, in the MEA, said, “We are setting up an inter-agency contact group to be able to resolve all issues that are outstanding and hindering the rapid deployment of US-origin nuclear reactors in India, that includes by liability, it includes administrative issues and it includes technical issues.”
He added that while India was not going to join any coalition against terrorism, the two sides had agreed on the need to deal with “travellers of terrorism”, radicalised people who travel for participating in terror activities in West Asia. He mentioned, “This is a very major issue for us”.
Meanwhile, reports say, Obama said the two leaders had agreed that one of their primary goals was to improve education and job training so that young people in their countries could compete in the global marketplace.
Being natural global partners, India and US have extended defence cooperation for another 10 years. Modi has also invited US companies to participate in defence manufacturing sector in India, which has recently raised the FDI cap from 26 to 49 percent.
Vice President Joe Biden had hosted a lunch for Modi after the summit talk, in which Secretary of State John Kerry was also present.
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