By Darshana Jamindar
US Vice President Kamala Harris, in her first meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, raised Pakistan’s role in terrorism and asked Islamabad to take action so it does not impact America and India’s security.
According to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Kamala Harris agreed that India had been a victim of terrorism for several decades and that there was a need to rein in, and closely monitor, Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups.
Indian Prime Minister Modi had an hour-long meeting Thursday at the White House with Kamala Harris, who has Indian roots. The discussions focused on cementing the Indo-US strategic partnership and global issues of mutual interest, including threats to democracy, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific.
When the issue of terrorism came up, the Vice President suo motu referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard (of terrorism), the Foreign Secretary told reporters when asked if Pakistan’s role in terrorism came up.
Ms Harris, he said, agreed that there were terror groups operating in Pakistan. She asked Pakistan to take action so that this will not impact on US security and that of India. She agreed with Prime Minister Modi’s briefing on the fact of cross border terrorism, and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism for several decades now and on the need to rein in, and closely monitor Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups, Mr Shringla said.