Modi, Trump ask Pak to rein in terror
In a stern message to Pakistan, India and the US on Tuesday asked the country to ensure that its soil is not used for cross-border terror with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump vowing to boost their fight against terror groups like ISIS, JeM, LeT and D-Company.
As the two leaders held their maiden meeting at the White House and displayed a lot of chemistry, the two countries also called on Pakistan to "expeditiously" bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot attacks and other cross-border terrorist assaults by Pakistan-based groups.
Modi and Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists.
"Eliminating terrorism is among the top-most priorities for us," Modi told reporters in his joint press statement with Trump at the White House Rose Garden.
A joint statement issued after their meeting said the two sides "called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terror attacks on other countries."
Ahead of the meeting, the US State Department had set the tone for the summit by declaring Syed Salahuddin, chief of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a 'global terrorist'.
The meeting, however, seemed to be dominated by the discussions on cross-border terrorism with the leaders announcing increased cooperation to prevent terrorist travel and to disrupt global recruitment efforts by expanding intelligence-sharing and operational-level counter-terrorism cooperation.
The leaders also affirmed their support for a UN 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, the joint statement said.
During his address to the media, the prime minister said, "We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation."