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Kamala Harris discusses Pak-based terror groups with PM Modi

Ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with US Vice-President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on 23 September 2021.

Hailing the strong Indian-American strategic ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed India and the US as ‘natural partners’.

“India and America are natural partners; we have similar values, geopolitical interests, and our coordination and cooperation is also increasing,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Both leaders acknowledged the vibrant people-to-people linkages as the bedrock of the mutually beneficial education linkages and the flow of knowledge, innovation, and talent between our two countries.

Both sides affirmed to further vitalize the strategic partnership between the two countries and discussed COVID-19, Indo-Pacific, and other issues of mutual and global interest. Vice President Kamala Harris also accepted an invitation extended by PM Modi to visit India.

During the high-level meet with PM Modi, Vice President Kamala Harris ‘suo-moto referred to Islamabad’s role in terrorism’, Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla said addressing the media in Washington.

“When the issue on terrorism came up, the Vice President suo moto referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard. She said that there were terror groups that were working there.”

US Vice President further called on Pakistan to take action against all the terrorist organizations operating from its soil.

“She (Kamala Harris) asked Pakistan to take actions, and that these groups do not impact on US security and that of India,” Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla added.

Vice President Kamala Harris also deliberated on the need to closely monitor Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups.

“She agreed with the Prime Minister’s briefing on the facts of cross-border terrorism and the fact that India had been a victim of terrorism for several decades now and all the need to rein in closely monitor Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups,” Foreign Secretary Shringla added.

Along with holding a meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Sept. 23, also met with Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Prime Minister of Japan Suga Yoshihide and discussed a wide range of issues of regional and global importance.




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