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Trump and Modi for strong security partnership to fight terrorism

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Washington DC: The US President Donald Trump today said that the security partnership between the United States and India is incredibly important. Both nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them.

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

Trump made this remark while delivering a Joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his statement Modi said that they discussed the serious challenges of terrorism, extremism, and radicalization, which are the major challenges facing the world today. Both countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in fighting against these scourges. Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation, underscored the Prime Minister.

Remarks by US President Donald Trump

Delivering his remarks, Trump said that the US and Indian militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between the military forces, Trump said adding next month, they will join together with the Japanese navy for the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean.

Jim Mattis, United States Secretary of Defense calls on Prime Minister in Washington D.C. during his three-day visit to USA
Photo Courtesy: Lalit Kumar

The US President thanked the Indian people for their contributions to the effort in Afghanistan, and for joining the US in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime. The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly, he pointed out.

Working together, the US and India can set an example for many other nations, make great strides in defeating common threats, and make great progress in unleashing amazing prosperity and growth, the US President observed.

Trump said that he was thrilled to salute Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all that they have accomplished together. The accomplishments have been vast, he said adding India has the fastest growing economy in the world. “We hope we’re going to be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase, I have to tell you that. We’re working on it” he emphasised.

During his campaign (presidential), Trump said that he had pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House. And that is now exactly what India has — a true friend. The friendship between the United States and India is built on shared values, including shared commitment to democracy. Not many people know it, but both American and the Indian constitutions begin with the same three very beautiful words: “We the people”, he went to underscore.

I’m proud to announce to the media, to the American people, and to the Indian people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media — (laughter) — we’re believers — giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials, and for us to hear directly from them. I guess it’s worked very well in both cases. -President Trump

Trump further said:

“In just two weeks, you will begin to implement the largest tax overhaul in your country’s history — we’re doing that also, by the way — creating great new opportunities for your citizens. You have a big vision for improving infrastructure, and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy.

I look forward to working with you, Mr. Prime Minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies, and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal. It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country.

I was pleased to learn about an an Indian Airlines recent order of 100 new American planes, one of the largest orders of its kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs. We’re also looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them. Trying to get the price up a little bit.

To further our economic partnership, I’m excited to report that the Prime Minister has invited my daughter, Ivanka, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this fall. And I believe she has accepted.”

I’m proud to announce to the media, to the American people, and to the Indian people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media — (laughter) — we’re believers — giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials, and for us to hear directly from them. I guess it’s worked very well in both cases.”

Remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Focussing on common concerns on terrorism, Modi said: “we will also enhance our sharing of intelligence, and exchange information to deepen and expand our policy coordination as far as possible.”

On regional issues

The increasing instability, due to terrorism, in Afghanistan is one of our common concerns, Modi said adding both India and America have played an important role in rebuilding Afghanistan and ensuring its security. In order to attain the objectives for peace and stability in Afghanistan, India will maintain close consultation and communication with the U.S. to enhance coordination between both nations.

Indo-Pacific region

In order to maintain peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Modi said that this is also another objective of our strategic cooperation in this area. He spoke of the increasing possibilities for enhancing cooperation in order to protect the strategic interests and said we will continue to work with the USA in this region.

For strengthening of India’s defense capabilities

Strengthening India’s defence capabilities with the help of USA, is something that we truly appreciate, Modi said and went on to announce that it has been decided to enhance maritime security cooperation between the two nations. “President Trump and I have also spoken about strengthening bilateral defense technology and our trade and manufacturing partnership, which we believe will be mutually beneficial to us”, said Modi

Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State calls on Prime Minister in Washington D.C. during his three-day visit to USA

International issues and our common strategic interests

Modi said: “we are extremely grateful for the continued support of the United States for India’s membership of international institutions and regimes. We truly appreciate the support, because this is also in the interest of both our nations.”

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India mourns the loss of a great friend

Newsroom24x7 Staff

fidel-castroNew Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences on the sad demise of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro.‬

In a condolence message, the PM said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the Government & people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace.

We stand in support with the Cuban Government and people in this tragic hour.

Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.”

When India is fighting Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, the US talks of contentious issues between India and Pakistan

Lalit Shastri

One security personnel was martyred and eight of them were injured, when terrorists attacked a security force convoy at Zakoora in the outskirts of Srinagar this evening (14 October, 2016). The terrorists opened fire, targeting a vehicle carrying security forces from patrol duty to their camp at Zakoora.

 

The EDI building at Pampore during the encounter with Terrorists in February 2016 (representative photo)
The EDI building at Pampore attacked twice by Terrorists in 2016 (representative photo)

Going by the discourse and stand vis-a-vis Kashmir taken by the Deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State Mark C. Toner at the daily press briefing on Thursday, 13 October 2016, after a series of terror attacks on India by terrorists exported by Pakistan, one has no confusion and it is amply clear that the US is not interested in reining in Pakistan – a country that has become the epicentre of global terror.

During the press briefing, Toner did talk of Hafiz Saeed saying he is listed by the UN Security Council 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with the terrorist group Lashkar-e Tayyiba. And both the LeT and Saeed are designated by the U.S. Government. The LeT is obviously responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens.

Hafeez Saeed, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, is also considered by India as a most wanted terrorist because of his involvement in attacks against India, including the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

On his attention being drawn to the Pakistani Government led by Nawaz Sharif and the Army – “two strains within the Pakistani Government” (in Toner’s own words) and it being pointed out (by a journalist) that the Sharif government wants peace with India or in the region, but the military government doesn’t want peace with India, Toner remarked: “our general position on this is that we want to see greater cooperation and greater dialogue between Pakistan and India. It’s frankly to the benefit of both countries. That includes, certainly, security issues. We want to see tensions go down, and we want to see, as I said, a greater cooperation between the two countries. Now, we’re not there right now, but that’s certainly our inclination.”

Kashmir (representative image)
Kashmir (representative image)

Responding to a query on the “Kashmir issue”, Toner said that the US stand on Kashmir is already known – implying thereby that the US treats it only as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and refuses to acknowledge the fact that Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, is constantly under attack by Pak-sponsored terrorists. By dragging its feet and failing to call a spade a spade, the US, through its spokesperson, has conveyed to India in ample measure that its war against terror ends when it comes to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India. As far as India is concerned, the US ought to know that the issue is not Kashmir but Pak occupied Kashmir, cross-border terrorism and the low intensity war being waged against India by Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif at Lahore on 25 December 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif at Lahore on 25 December 2015

India has tried its best to keep open the doors of dialogue with Pakistan. India’s message for strengthening the ties between the two countries was loud and clear when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 and once more in December 2015, when returning home after visiting Afghanistan and Russia, he had landed in Lahore to attend a wedding at Nawaj’s residence – this was the first visit by an Indian PM to Pakistan in more than 10 years.

The first major obstacle was encountered by the Modi Government in its efforts to build ties with Pakistan when Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in Delhi ahead of another meeting that was scheduled in quick succession between him and two more separatist leaders Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the second fortnight of August 2014. Immediately after Basit met Shabir Shah, the Modi Government had castigated Pakistan for interfering in India’s internal affairs and called off the Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan.

Battle with terrorists inside Pathankot Air Force base in March 2016
Battle with terrorists inside Pathankot Air Force base in March 2016

Earlier in March this year, India had allowed a Pakistan’s joint investigation team (JIT), which included ISI and military intelligence officers, to visit Delhi and Pathankot to investigate the attack on the Pathankot Air Force base by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists on 2 January 2016. After seeing clinching evidence, apparently about the ISI role in the Pathankot attack, Pakistan developed cold feet and refused to reciprocate and allow a team of investigators from India to visit Pakistan.

Despite best efforts by India, Pakistan has continued with its Kashmir agenda. Earlier this year, much to the chagrin of India, separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and others were invited by Pakistan to attend the ‘Pakistan Day’ function at its High Commission in Delhi.

Subsequently, India told Pakistan in categorical terms that talks with Pakistan can be held only about terrorism.

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Terrorist attack on Army base at Uri

Before the Pathankot attack, a police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab, was attacked by terrorists in July 2015. The lid was off on September 18 this year when terrorists attacked the Army base at Uri killng 17. While the number of cease-fire violations by Pakistan have gone up in recent days, there have been more terrorist attacks in quick succession. On October 4, terrorists attacked a police station at Yaripora in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir. The same day, a few terrorists escaped after attacking BSF and army camps at Baramulla and killing one BSF soldier and wounding another. On October 6, three terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire when they attacked an army camp in Langate in Kupwara. No security personnel died in this incident. Two days later, a Policeman was killed in the Shopian sector by terrorists, who managed to escape. Early morning on October 10, a couple of terrorists attacked the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore. Security forces were engaged in a fierce gun battle and it took about fifty hours to neautralize the terrorists. The same building was also attacked by terrorists in February this year.

India has responded to the violent situation by taking steps to isolate Pakistan and by telling every nation how Pakistan is continuously engaged in exporting terrorism in every part of the world. On September 29, India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced at a press conference in New Delhi that based on “specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists. The DGMO further said: “It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing and increasing infiltration by terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. This is reflected, among others, in the terrorist attacks on 11 and 18 September 2016 in Punch and Uri respectively. Almost 20 infiltration attempts have also been foiled by the Army at or close to the Line of Control during this year.”

One fails to understand why the US State Department spokesperson had to do such a balancing act when asked to spell out the US stand on Kashmir. Choosing to ignore Pakistan’s direct role in spreading cross-border terrorism, all Toner said, in the interest of regional security, was that “there’s a lot of contentious issues between India and Pakistan. The US wants the two countries to take a more conciliatory approach to each other and to work through some of these issues for the greater good of the region. This observation, at its face value, shows how serious the US is in fighting global terror.

India-UAE have decided to build a comprehensive strategic partnership

Newsroom24x7 Staff

India and UAE reject extremism and any link between religion and terrorism

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Community Reception in Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Community Reception in Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17, 2015.

Abu Dhabi: The high watermark of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s UAE tour is the joint statement underscoring the resolve by India and UAE to reject extremism and any link between religion and terrorism.

The two nations have condemned efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries. They have also deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and disputes, including in West and South Asia, and use terrorism to pursue their aims.

In Abu Dhabi, His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to seize the historic moment of opportunity and shared responsibility to chart a new course in their partnership for the 21st century.

The spirit of the joint statement, especially the resolve to combat terrorism, reverberated through the Dubai Cricket stadium here later today when Modi spoke at an Indian Community Reception.

The joint statement and Modi’s speech at the Cricket stadium is a loud message to Pakistan that the civilised world will not tolerate state-sponsored terrorism.

The joint statement says:”Today, as India accelerates economic reforms and improves its investment and business environment, and UAE becomes an increasingly advanced and diversified economy, the two countries have the potential to build a transformative economic partnership, not only for sustained prosperity of their two countries, but to also advance progress in the region and help realise the vision of an Asian Century. .

Yet, their common vision of progress and prosperity faces challenges from many shared threats to peace, stability and security in the region. A shared endeavour to address these challenges, based on common ideals and convergent interests, is vital for the future of the two countries and their region.

UAE is at the heart of the Gulf and West Asia region and its major economic hub. India, with seven million citizens in the Gulf, also has major energy, trade and investment interests in the region. The two nations also share a commitment to openness, peaceful coexistence and social harmony that are based on their cultural traditions, spiritual values and shared heritage. UAE is a shining example of a multi-cultural society. India is a nation of unparalleled diversity, religious pluralism and a composite culture.

Proximity, history, cultural affinity, strong links between people, natural synergies, shared aspirations and common challenges create boundless potential for a natural strategic partnership between India and UAE. Yet, in the past, relations between the two governments have not kept pace with the exponential growth in relations between their people or the promise of this partnership. However, the need for a close strategic partnership between UAE and India has never been stronger or more urgent, and its prospects more rewarding, than in these uncertain times.”

Both countries have decided to:

  • Elevate the India-UAE relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
  • Coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism or pursuing political aims. The two sides will facilitate regular exchanges of religious scholars and intellectuals and organise conferences and seminars to promote the values of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and welfare that is inherent in all religions.
  • Denounce and oppose terrorism in all forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever, calling on all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries, dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they exist, and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice.
  • Enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity building.
  • Work together for the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
  • Work together to control, regulate and share information on flow of funds that could have a bearing on radicalization activities and cooperate in interdicting illegal flows and take action against concerned individuals and organizations.
  • Strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, other trans-national crimes, extradition arrangements, as well as police training.