Narendra Modi wants peace with Pakistan but not at security cost: US official

  • Narendra Modi wants peace with Pakistan but not at security cost: US official
21-10-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

According to a top US official, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot pursue peace with Pakistan in a way that cuts India’s own security. The Trump Administration official asserted that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.

Ahead of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to India and Pakistan next week, the official was responding to questions on what India could do to bring peace and stability in the region, in particular with Pakistan.

The US official further said that after a series of setbacks India received from Pakistan, including the one after the Pathankot terror attack, the Indian government has decided not to talk with Pakistan unless it stops supporting terrorists against it.

He said, India’s policy now is ‘talks and terror’ cannot go together, as was articulated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament, which has been repeated several times since then. The official also said, US President Donald Trump has great respect for Prime Minister Modi and his wisdom, and leadership ability.

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