India endorses Trump’s South Asia policy, says Sushma

India endorses Trump’s South Asia policy, says Sushma

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New Delhi, Sep 6: India on Thursday endorsed US President Donald Trump's 'South Asia policy' and said Washington's call to Pakistan to stop "supporting cross border terrorism" is reflective of New Delhi's stand.

"We discussed the situation in South Asia in some detail. India supports President Trump’s South Asia Policy," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in her remarks at the end of the inaugural '2 Plus 2 Dialogue' between two sides. "His (Trump's) call for Pakistan to stop its policy of supporting cross-border terrorism finds resonance with us," Ms Swaraj said.

Both sides discussed the ongoing efforts by India and the United States in "promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan government-controlled reconciliation process", she said adding that would bring together all ethnic groups and political formation in that country.

"Our counter-terrorism cooperation has acquired a new qualitative edge and purpose," Ms Swaraj remarked and maintained that both the countries also recognized the value of the Terrorists Designations Dialogue established last year as well as other mechanisms to promote cooperation in counter-terrorism and homeland security.

"We have agreed to deepen our cooperation in international forums like the United Nations and the Financial Action Task Force," the Minister said.

She also welcomed the recent designations of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists by the United States and said such moves in effect "underscore the international community’s scrutiny over the threat of terrorism emanating from Pakistan".

The terrorism emanating from across the border has "affected India and the United States alike", she said.

"In the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, we recognized the importance of justice and retribution for the masterminds behind this terrorist attack," the Minister said in reference to the deadly terror attack carried out by Pakistan-supported militants in Mumbai in November 2008.

Ms Swaraj referred to the H1B Visa regime and said, "I sought Secretary Pompeo’s support to nurture our people-to-people links. Specifically, I conveyed our expectation for a non-discriminatory and predictable approach to the H1B visa regime, given its high impact on innovation, competitiveness and people-to-people partnership, all of which are a vital source of strength for our relationship". (UNI)