US Vice President Kamala Harris has ‘suo moto’, referred to Pakistan’s role in terrorism and asked the country to stop supporting terror groups during the first-ever meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informed Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla on Thursday (local time).
Shringla said, “When the issue of terrorism came up, the Vice President suo moto referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard.” Harris acknowledged the presence of terror groups in Pakistan, said Shringla when asked whether the issue of Pakistan emboldening Taliban came up during the discussion between PM Modi and the US Vice President. “In that context when the issue of terrorism came up. The Vice President suo moto referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard. She said that there were terror groups working there.
She asked Pakistan to take action so that these groups do not impact on US security and that of India,” the Foreign Secretary said during a special briefing. “She agreed with Prime Minister’s briefing on the fact of cross-border terrorism and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism several decades now and the need to rein in and closely monitor Pakistan’s support for such terror groups,” added Shringla.
Imperative for India, US to defend democratic principles, institutions: Kamala Harris
Noting that democracies around the world are under threat, US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday said it is imperative that India and the US defend democratic principles and institutions within their respective countries and around the world.
Harris made the remarks during her joint statement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “As democracies around the world are under threat, it is imperative that we defend democratic principles and institutions within our respective countries and around the world and that we maintain what we must do to strengthen democracies at home. And it is incumbent on our nations, of course, to protect democracies in the best interest of the people of our countries,” she said.
Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla further said that discussions between the two leaders were “substantive and they lasted over an hour”. “The meeting reflected warmth and cordiality. Discussions covered a number of areas which included COVID-19, climate change, the issue of terrorism, cooperation in the technology sector including cooperation in cyber security, space etc.
(With ANI Inputs)