Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Kamala Harris’ meeting in Washington on Thursday, 23 September, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla informed the press that while speaking on terrorism, Harris of her own accord, referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard.
Shringla added, “She said that there were terror groups working there. She asked Pakistan to take action so that these groups don't impact US security and of India”, news agency ANI reported.
“Harris agreed with PM Modi on cross-border terrorism and India had been a victim of terrorism for several decades now. She also agreed on the need to closely monitor Pakistan's support for such terror groups,” Shringla asserted.
Meanwhile, PM Modi who arrived in the United States on Thursday, has tweeted photos of interactions he has had with American CEOs and others.
After his meeting VP Harris, Modi said in a tweet, "Glad to have met VP Kamala Harris. Her feat has inspired the entire world. We talked about multiple subjects that will further cement the India-USA friendship, which is based on shared values and cultural linkages.”
Glad to have met @VP @KamalaHarris. Her feat has inspired the entire world. We talked about multiple subjects that will further cement the India-USA friendship, which is based on shared values and cultural linkages. pic.twitter.com/46SvKo2Oxv
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2021
Shringla added, Modi and Harris discussed “future areas of collaboration including space cooperation, information technology, emerging and critical technologies, cooperation in the healthcare sectors.”
They also acknowledged “people-to-people ties” between India and the US and “appreciated mutually beneficial education linkages, flow of knowledge, innovation, talent between our two countries and need to nurture them,” Shringla was quoted as saying.
Moreover, the Foreign Secretary added during discussions, “US Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned that US Congress was highly appreciative and kept noting that India and US represented the two largest democracies. There was great deal of appreciation of how both our democracies functioned”, ANI reported.
PM Modi Meets Japanese Counterpart
PM Modi thanked Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for “successfully hosting Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in midst of global pandemic”, Shringla said.
He added that the two PMs exchanged views on recent developments including Afghanistan and also reaffirmed their commitment towards a free and open inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
“They agreed to enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation including the areas of defence equipment and technologies”, Shringla said.
Shringla further informed that the PMs also “reaffirmed their commitment to advance their effort to facilitate the smooth abd timely implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train project.”
(With inputs from ANI)
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