Nirmala Sitharaman, US Defence Secretary James Mattis discuss cross-border terrorism

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 26 September 2017, 07:38 PM

“We discussed the issue of terror safe havens in Pakistan and we both agreed that such sanctuaries shouldn't be tolerated,” said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday following her meeting with US Defence Secretary James Mattis. 

India also made its position clear on neighouring Afghanistan as it made clear that it won't send any troops to Afghanistan but will continue the developmental assistance.

Sitharaman said their talks revolved around terrorism.

"I borrowed the defence secretary's own (earlier) words when I explained to him that the very same forces that find safe haven in Pakistan have been the ones who've affected New York as well as other places," said Sitharaman, adding that she has requested Mattis to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism and terror safe havens when and if he visits Pakistan.

"Our two countries recognise the threat that global terrorism poses to people throughout the world. India and US have suffered grievous losses to terrorism. We intend to work closely with India as we work to eradicate terrorism," said Mattis.

“The US appreciates India's invaluable contribution to Afghanistan and welcomes further efforts to promote Afghanistan's democracy, safety and security," said Mattis. 

First Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 04:02 PM
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