September 27th, 2011
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India reminds US to reject selective approach in fighting terror

S M Krishna, Indian External Affair MinisterNew Delhi: “It is necessary for all those countries which have taken the determined position to fight terror, to act together and fight it across the board without being selective in our approach,” said External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna. He was discussing the issue of terror with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton at a bilateral meeting that lasted here for over 40 minutes.

During the meeting India in very clear and precise terms reminded the US of maintaining an unbiased, determined and united stand in fighting terror. The external affairs ministry evaluated the meeting to be “very good and constructive”. The US secretary Hillary Clinton is said to have agreed with India’s views and suggestions.

The press was later informed that the two countries discussed the issue of terrorism and condemned the recent attacks on American mission in Kabul and at the High Court in New Delhi. The talks also featured concerns over the Haqqani network with the External Affairs Minister pointing out that “whenever terror comes up for discussion, the Haqqani group is certainly a factor which is woven into terrorism.”

On whether America’s recent accusation against the ISI supporting the deadly Haqqani network has brought a sense of unity between India and the U.S. on Pakistan, Mr. Krishna said “It is not a question of America agreeing with India and India agreeing with Pakistan. The countries have to see what our approach, reaction, response to terror is”.

“If the position U.S. takes on terror is exactly similar to the position India takes that does not mean to say that they have been converted to our position or we have taken position similar to them,” he added.

The two sides is also said to have discussed a host of multilateral issues including the situation in Palestine, Sudan and Syria and the need to follow up on the civil nuclear treaty. Ms Clinton urged Mr. Krishna to ensure that India’s nuclear liability regime conforms to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear damage.

When questioned about India’s and US divergent views regarding Syria and Palestine, Krishna echoed the PM’s statement at The UN General Assembly, “We cannot order how nations set their house in order.”

Ms. Clinton complimented India on its active participation in the New Silk Road initiative to strengthen transit and trade in South and Central Asia. “The ministers compared notes on the upcoming New Silk Road conference in Istanbul in early November,” the official said.

 



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