Friday, October 22, 2021

Narendra Modi, Joe Biden Agree On Shared Fight Against Terrorism During 1st In-Person Meeting

Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden committed to taking concerted action against terrorism during their first in-person meeting at the White House, their joint statement read.

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“The Leaders reaffirmed that the United States and India stand together in a shared fight against global terrorism, will take concerted action against all terrorist groups, including groups proscribed by the UNSCR 1267 Sanctions Committee, condemned cross-border terrorism, and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice.

They denounced any use of terrorist proxies and emphasized the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks,” the statement read.

The two highlighted the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan, noting that the Taliban “must abide by UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021), which demands that Afghan territory must never again be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks.”

They also called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar.

In addition, Modi and Biden committed to finalizing a new bilateral framework that would foster cooperation in combating drug trafficking and precursor chemical supply chains.

President Biden shakes hands with Prime Minister Modi
President Biden shakes hands with Prime Minister Modi

Earlier,  PM Modi invited US Vice President Kamala Harris to visit India and called for cooperation in emerging technologies and space between the countries.

“I extend to you a special invitation to visit India,” Modi said during a joint press conference with Harris. “As far as the new and emerging technologies are concerned, and space, these are the areas of special interest for you, these are areas which are of interest to me and a special priority. These areas are where our cooperation is very important.”

During the meeting, Harris underscored the importance of the two countries working together to maintain an open and free Indo-Pacific region while the Indian Prime Minister noted that both countries share geopolitical interests and democratic values.

The Indian Prime Minister is in the United States to take part in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly and the first in-person Quad summit on Friday alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.

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