A message for Pakistan as Biden, Modi denounce use of terrorist proxies

By ET News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched upon the pernicious role played by Pakistan in Afghanistan during bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, in which counter-terrorism was the key focus area.

Modi’s arguments on cross-border terror also found resonance with Biden, ET has learnt, and was reflected in a joint statement following the meeting.

“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,” according to the joint statement.

“They denounced any use of terrorist proxies and emphasised the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks,” it said, in what could be viewed as a strong message to Pakistan.

In this context, Modi and Biden referred to the bilateral US-India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group, Designations Dialogue, and renewed US-India Homeland Security Dialogue.

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