Stop exporting terrorism to India: Modi, Biden tell Pakistan

PM Modi & President Biden called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks to be brought to justice

WASHINGTON, DC | Updated: 23 June, 2023 11:53 am IST
During their conversations, PM Modi and President Biden reiterated their commitment to free and open Indo-Pacific but did not name China as an adversary.

WASHINGTON, DC: In a resolute display of solidarity, India and the United States on Thursday vowed to jointly combat terrorism – calling on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used for exporting terrorism.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden, following their meeting at the White House, also asked Islamabad to take “concerted action” against all UN-listed terrorist groups, most of whom are based in Pakistan like Al-Qaeda, Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM).

In their statement, PM Modi and President Biden underscored their commitment to tackle the menace of terrorism on a global scale.

“They strongly condemned cross-border terrorism, the use of terrorist proxies and called on Pakistan to take immediate action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terrorist attacks. They called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks to be brought to justice,” it reads.

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The two leaders “noted with concern the increasing global use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones and information and communication technologies for terrorist purposes and reaffirmed the importance of working together to combat such misuse”.

Notably, Pakistan has been, for years now, sending weapons and narcotics through drones across the border in Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir to support its decade-long proxy war against India.

PM Modi with President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House on Thursday.

Acknowledging the importance of collaboration, Modi and Biden welcomed the existing cooperation between their governments in counterterrorism designations and homeland security. They emphasized the significance of intelligence sharing and law enforcement cooperation in combating terrorism. The leaders also called on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to enhance global implementation of its standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

PM Modi and President Biden also urged the Taliban to abide by UNSC Resolution 2593 which demands that Afghan territory should never be used to threaten or attack any country, shelter or train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist attacks.

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During the talks at the White House, PM Modi underlined the importance of sternly and firmly dealing with those who sponsor and support terrorism, emphasizing the responsibility of the international community to ensure the safety and security of societies.

During their discussions, technology emerged as a key focus, with both leaders emphasizing the need for comprehensive technology cooperation across various domains.

Prime Minister Modi’s state visit to the United States continues with meetings scheduled with secretary of state Antony Blinken and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday. The visit began with a historic Yoga session led by PM Modi at the United Nations headquarters in New York to commemorate the International Day of Yoga. On Thursday, he held talks with President Biden in the Oval Office, addressed the Indian-American community, and attended a dinner at the White House.


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