US Vice President Kamala Harris, in her first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighted Pakistan’s role in terrorism and called on Islamabad to take steps so that it does not affect the security of the US and India.
According to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Sringler, Kamala Harris agreed that India had been a victim of terrorism for decades and that “Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups needs to be curbed and closely monitored.”
The Prime Minister had an hour-long meeting with Kamala Harris of Indian descent at the White House on Thursday. The talks focused on India-US strategic partnership and global issues of common interest, including democracy, Afghanistan and the threat of the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
“When the issue of terrorism comes up, the vice president is motivated and mentions Pakistan’s role in terrorism,” the foreign secretary told reporters when asked if Pakistan’s role in terrorism had come up.
According to Mr Shringler, Mrs Harris agreed that terrorist groups were operating in Pakistan.
“He called on Pakistan to take steps so that it does not affect US security and India’s security. He agreed with the Prime Minister’s briefing on the reality of cross-border terrorism and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism for decades. Keep a close eye on Pakistan’s support for, ”Mr Mr Sringla said.
Ms. Harris added that the two countries have a duty to protect democratic policies and institutions in their countries and around the world.
“Since democracy around the world is under threat, it is essential to protect democratic policies and institutions in our own country and around the world. We must protect democracy in the best interests of the people of our country,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi and Mrs. Harris had earlier spoken on the phone while India was battling a massive geopolitical coup.
The Prime Minister, recalling their conversation, described Mrs. Harris as an “inspiration to many around the world”, a “true friend” and a “family-like” person, and said she would always remember it.
“We had an interaction when India was fighting a very difficult wave of Kovid-1 infections. I remembered your solidarity at that time,” Modi said.
“Like a family, with a sense of kinship and with so much warmth, you extended a helping hand, I will always remember the words you chose when you spoke to me and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart like a true friend, you Gave a message of cooperation, and was very sensitive and soon after we saw that the US government, the US corporate sector and the Indian community, all came together to help India.
The Prime Minister further said that “India and America are natural partners” with the same values, with similar geopolitical interests.
“The oldest democracy and the largest democracy … we are indeed natural partners, we have the same values,” he said.
The vice president also noted the need for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” at a time when the United States is trying to strengthen ties with allies to counter China’s aggression in the region.
China claims almost everything in the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim part of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
The two leaders wore masks when they both spoke in front of journalists in India and the United States.
The Prime Minister invited Douglas Emhoff, a 5-year-old Democratic leader and second gentleman, to visit India.