India shares Trump admin’s determination to defeat terrorism: Modi in Wall Street Journal
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India shares Trump admin’s determination to defeat terrorism: Modi in Wall Street Journal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in an oped piece in the Wall Street Journal that India and the US have an overriding interest in securing the world from terrorism and radical ideologies.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2017 21:52 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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A PIB handout photo shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing members of the Indian community in Washington DC on Sunday. (AFP)

India shares the Trump administration’s “determination to defeat this scourge” of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written in an opinion piece ahead of his highly awaited meeting with the American president, adding there was “growing convergence” in the relation between the two countries.

“Both India and the US have an overriding interest in securing our societies, and the world, from the forces of terrorism, radical ideologies and nontraditional security threats. India has four decades’ experience in fighting terrorism, and we share the US administration’s determination to defeat this scourge,” Modi wrote in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal.

The prime minister also wrote that the “logic of our strategic relationship is incontrovertible”. The two leaders are expected to announce new initiatives in counter-terrorism, as has been indicated by the White House before.

Referring to his joint address to US congress in 2016, Modi wrote, he had spoken then about how India and the US had overcome the “hesitations of history”, to commit themselves to the relationship. “A year later, I return to the US confident in the growing convergence between our two nations.”

There is a new administration in the United States since Modi was last year, which has signaled its commitment to build on the growing momentum in the relationship and the two sides have indicated a resolve to work out and around differences and irritants such as climate change and H-1B visas.

His confidence in “growing convergence”, the prime minister wrote, stemmed from “the strength of our shared values and the stability of our systems. Our people and institutions have steadfastly viewed democratic change as an instrument for renewal and resurgence.”

And, the two countries share a “vision of joint success and progress guides our partnership”, he wrote. Bilateral trade stands at $115 billion, Indian companies have invested $15 billion in the US and are present in 34 states, including, he pointed out in a nod to Trump’s winning votes, “the rust belt”.

He went to describe changes in the Indian economy and all other areas of convergence and growing cooperation between the two countries, including defence and security and the ongoing “to address the existing and emerging strategic and security challenges that affect both our nations—in Afghanistan, West Asia, the large maritime space of the Indo-Pacific, the new and unanticipated threats in cyberspace.”

And in reference to the South China Sea dispute, which is also expected to be raised at the meetings at the White House, Modi wrot, “We also share an interest in ensuring that sea lanes—critical lifelines of trade and energy—remain secure and open to all.”

Modi wrote, in conclusion, “The US and India are forging a deeper and stronger partnership that extends far beyond the Beltway (the interstate that rings the Washington DC) and the Raisina Hill. That partnership has become our privileged prerogative and our promise for our people and our world.”

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 17:24 IST