New Delhi, Aug 30: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj issued a joint statement with United States Secretary of State John Kerry following their bilateral meeting. In the Indo-US dialogue, a number of issues were discussed, including the commercial and strategic partnership between the two countries. Kerry showed a tough stance against terror and did not refrain from condemning Pakistan for not acting strong enough against outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Haqqani Network. Sushma categorically stated that Pakistan needs to act against the elements which want to dismantle peace, and mentioned the name of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, along with anti-India jihad outfits LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad.
Reiterating the stance taken by India on the issue of terrorism, John Kerry said that there could be no differentiation between good and bad terrorists. “US stands in strong partnership with India against all terrorism. US and India are of exactly similar mind with respect to issue of terror, not only to prevent it but to bring terrorists to justice. It’s well known that LeT and Haqqani network have operated from Pakistan… It is vital that Pakistan acts against terrorism. I’ve talked to Pak PM & General Raheel Sharif for the need for Pakistan to deprive any group (terrorist) of sanctuary,” Kerry added.
Sushma Swaraj made it clear that India does not want to paralyze talks with Pakistan, but cannot show more tolerance towards the issue of cross-border terrorism. “There is no rift caused by us when it comes to Pak, we have been of view that we want peaceful talks. We have reiterated that terrorism and talks do not go hand in hand. Talks will happen when they address issues like Pathankot attack. There was discussion on terror and clearly we agreed on all points,” Swaraj said.
(With inputs from ANI)