India, US vow to fight terror, boost economic cooperation

Washington, June 27  India and the US on Monday reiterated their commitment to cooperate in the fight against international terrorism even as the two sides agreed to boost economic cooperation following the first ever meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump.

“Fighting against terrorism and destroying the hideouts of the terrorists will be an important part of our mutual cooperation,” Modi said while jointly addressing the media with Trump following delegation-level talks.

“We will enhance the intelligence exchange to boost coordination to address our common concerns over terrorism and will deepen our policy coordination accordingly,” he said.

Modi added that both the nations had agreed to increase their cooperation to tackle global challenges like increasing radicalisation, extremism and terrorism.

His comments came hours after the US on Monday declared the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.

Modi said that India was committed to peace in Afghanistan and rebuilding that country was a top priority.

“India and US are working together to bring stability and peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

He also said that he and Trump agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation.

Modi said that the best of India’s benefits lay in a strong and successful America.

Stating that he and Trump held talks on a wide range of issues pertaining to the India-USA relationship, he said: “We consider America a valued partner in our flagship programmes.

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