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Not only bilateral, regional and global issues also in the Modi-Trump dish | India News

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NEW DELHI: The strategic partnership India-EE. UU. You will see the two countries focusing on four key objectives this week: peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean, fighting terrorism, free and fair trade, and energy. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also consider ways to promote regional connectivity based on transparency, responsible debt practices and, which is important to India, without violating sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Beyond attempts to eliminate irritants in bilateral relations, regional and international cooperation will be an important area of ​​focus for Trump and Modi when they meet on Tuesday. While the US is expected UU. Encourage India to further promote stability and security in Afghanistan, the Indian side will seek an unequivocal condemnation of cross-border terrorism to ensure that Pakistan does not feel more emboldened at a time when it openly claims credit for the Afghan peace agreement.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that the peace agreement between the United States and Afghanistan was a “historic breakthrough” and that it would be signed in the presence of Pakistan “because it was impossible for the agreement to come.” without our efforts. ”

The two countries had declared in 2015, after the Modi-Obama summit, that the India-United States partnership could become a defining relationship against terrorism for the 21st century by deepening collaboration to combat the full spectrum of terrorist threats and ” keep their respective homelands and citizens safe from attacks. ” Focusing on cross-border terrorism, the 2015 joint declaration named groups such as LeT and JeM and also asked Pakistan to bring those responsible for Mumbai’s attacks to justice.

The joint India-United States statement after the Modi summit with Trump two years later was even more unequivocal in addressing India’s concerns about cross-border terrorism. Modi and Trump then asked Pakistan to ensure that their territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks in other countries. They also asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot and other “cross-border terrorist attacks” perpetrated by groups based in Pakistan.

If the condemnation of terrorism directed at India is as unequivocal as in the two previous joint statements, it will be one of the things to consider when the two leaders meet on Tuesday.

Modi and Trump are also expected to take stock of the efforts announced in the recent past to avoid terrorist travel and disrupt global recruitment efforts by expanding intelligence exchange and “operational counter-terrorism cooperation.” The two countries are already working together to exchange information on known and suspected terrorists for travel detection.

As the joint statement said on the last occasion, India and the United States seek to further strengthen the exchange of information on plans, movements and links of terrorist groups and their leaders, as well as on the collection and transfer of funds by terrorist groups.

Times of India

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