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‘Do not be selective in fight against terrorism’

world Updated: Sep 28, 2011 00:29 IST
Yashwant Raj
SM Krishna


India on Monday told the US not to be selective in fighting terrorism. And the US told India to align its nuclear liability law with the convention on supplementary compensation that it signed last year.

External affairs minister SM Krishna and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, had a "very good and constructive" bilateral.

"I made out the point that it is necessary for all those countries which have taken the determined position to fight terror will have to act together and fight it across the board without being selective in our approach," said Krishna, according to PTI.

"Secretary Clinton agreed with us."

India's longstanding position on the US fight against terrorism has been that Washington is far too narrowly focused on Pakistani-based terrorist outfits that are in Afghanistan, and not the likes of Lashkar-i-Tayyeba. The two sides discussed the recent terrorist attacks, specially the one in Kabul on the US embassy, for which Washington is blaming the Pakistani army and the intelligence agency, the ISI.

The Haqqani network carried it out with Pakistani help, US officials have said.

At the Monday meeting, the US also raised the issue of the ongoing stalemate on the nuclear talks. The Indian nuclear liability bill must be aligned with the supplementary compensation convention, said a senior state department official.

"The secretary and minister Krishna also discussed the situation in Syria, and the need for a strong message from the UNSC to the (Bashar al) Assad regime that the violence must end," the official said, India and the US have been on the opposite sides on Syria, with Washington pressing for resolute action. New Delhi, working with BRICS partners, has pushed for a graduated response by the UN Security Council.

They also discussed West Asia peace process and developments around the Palestinian move to get statehood from the UN. India and the US are once again on opposite sides – India is supporting the Palestinian move, the US is opposed to it.

"The two ministers expressed the hope that the Israelis and Palestinians will take up the proposal put forward by the Quartet on September 23 and come back to the negotiating table," said the state department official.

They also spoke about the Silk Road initiative by the US to strengthen transit and trade in South and Central Asia. The ministers compared notes on the upcoming New Silk Road conference in Istanbul in early November.