Escalating talks against terrorism, India and US have agreed to deepen cooperation in fighting terror and asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to justice, while reiterating the threat posed by terror outfits such as al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the D-Company.
The first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue co-chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, ended with important takeaway of a joint statement on combating terrorism, recognising the threat posed by terror groups operating from terror safe havens within the South Asia region.
India blamed Pakistan for the Gurdaspur and Udhampur attack. “We strongly condemn the July 27, 2015 terrorist attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab and August 5, 2015 attack in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir,” the joint statement said.
“We (India and the US) reiterate that the threat posed by al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D-Company (Dawood Ibrahim), Haqqani network and other regional groups undermines stability in South Asia. And we call to Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack,” Swaraj reads the joint statement to media.
“A main take-away from our discussions includes our shared view that we need to keep the big picture, the strategic framework of relationship in mind, especially when it comes to our strategic security and political interests, regionally as also internationally, as also when we deal with transactional issues,” she said. Swaraj also said the joint statement states that the two countries are determined to fight terrorism to the end.