New Delhi: India and the United States on Tuesday reviewed civil nuclear deal and discussed India’s permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with Indians during her two-day visit to the country.
In a joint Press Conference with the American counterpart, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said both the countries discussed bilateral issues ranging from cooperation in agriculture, energy and to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism. He said that elimination of terrorism would bring peace and stability in the region. Krishna said that India and the US discussed on how to eliminate terrorists’ sanctuaries.
Clinton said there is need to eliminate hurdles in trade between both the countries, adding that both the countries undertook extensive work on civil nuclear deal and there was also need to address the issues that remained unresolved in this regard.
Replying a query she said that terrorists were targeting markets, mosques, police station and attacking Americans in Pakistan and the US would not tolerate militants’ safe heavens anywhere.
The secretary said relations with India would be further strengthen and the US would continue extending its cooperation to strengthen the country’s defence. She said that action against terrorists was in the larger interest of Pakistan. “Pakistan is the major partner of the US in war against terrorism” she said. Clinton said relations between Pakistan and India also came under discussions. “The US hailed the peace process between both the neighbours” she added.