India, U.S. Joint Statement Tough on Pakistan
WASHINGTON: India and the United States have called on Pakistan urging it to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes.
They also asked it to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot air base attacks in January last year. Visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists.
The joint statement issued after the meeting between the leaders affirmed their support for a U.N. Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that will advance and strengthen the framework for global cooperation and reinforce the message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism.
They also pledged to work together to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors.
Briefing media after the talks between the two leaders, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the two nations noted that in their joint statement that terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought in every part of the world, and the US and India would do it together.
The leaders said, they committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qa'ida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, D-Company, and their affiliates.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that, together, the US and India will provide strong leadership to address global challenges and build prosperity for their citizens in the decades to come.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed that a close partnership between the United States and India is central to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Recognizing the significant progress achieved in these endeavors, the leaders agreed to take further measures to strengthen their partnership.
In accordance with the tenets outlined in the U.N. Charter, they committed to a set of common principles for the region, according to which sovereignty and international law are respected and every country can prosper.
They reiterated the importance of respecting freedom of navigation, overflight, and commerce throughout the region and call upon all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.
They supported bolstering of regional economic connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law, and the environment.
The leaders strongly condemned continued provocations by the North Korea emphasizing that its destabilizing pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs poses a grave threat to regional security and global peace.