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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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Six Western powers condemn attacks on Libya’s energy infrastructure

Newsroom24x7 Staff

libya-energy-infrastructureWashington: Condemning this weekend’s attacks on Zueitina, Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, and Brega oil terminals in Libya, the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have asked all parties to undertake an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from any further hostilities.

The western powers, along with the US, have called on all forces to avoid any action that could damage Libya’s energy infrastructure or further disrupt its exports. Libya’s oil belongs to the Libyan people, they have underscored adding the Presidency Council (PC) is the sole steward of these resources. The PC and other Government of National Accord (GNA) institutions have an obligation to ensure oil revenues are used to provide essential services for the Libyan people. Oil infrastructure, production, and export must remain under the exclusive control of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) acting under the GNA’s authority. We call for all military forces that have moved into the oil crescent to withdraw immediately, without preconditions.

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have reaffirmed their full support for the GNA as Libya’s sole executive authority. They have further asked the Libyan forces to unite in fighting Da’esh and other UN-designated terrorist groups.

In an official statement, the US Department of State has said that violence against fellow Libyans undermines Libya’s stability and encourages division. Political agreements, not conflicts, must determine Libya’s future. Creating a unified, capable national security force under GNA authority is Libya’s best hope for protecting its resources for the benefit of all its people. We urge peaceful cooperation among Libya’s armed forces and immediate efforts to unify into one professional military force. All Libyan forces have a responsibility to serve the entire nation, and to act on behalf of all Libyans. We welcome efforts by partners to encourage all forces to avoid further clashes.

The US spokesperson has also reiterated the intent to enforce UNSCR 2259, including measures concerning illicit oil exports, activities that could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the NOC, and individuals and entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the unity, peace, stability or security of Libya.

Australia brings in force expanded sanctions against Russia

Newsoom24x7 Desk

Russia-sanctionsCanberra: Expanded sanctions by Australia have come into force against Russia due to the “threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Sanctions against Russia were announced by the Australian Prime Minister on September 1, 2014 closely matching those implemented by the European Union, Canada and the United States. They supplement targeted financial sanctions and travel bans, which Australia imposed in June and September 2014.

The expanded sanctions include restrictions on the following activities:

  • the export to or import from Russia of arms and related materiel;
  • the export to Russia of certain items for use in petroleum exploration and production;
  • the export to Crimea and Sevastopol of certain items for use in the energy and minerals sector;
  • commercial dealing with certain capital financial market instruments issued by certain Russian state-owned entities; and
  • Australian investment in Crimea and Sevastopol related to infrastructure, transport, telecommunications, energy, oil, gas and minerals sectors.