US should clear stand on Pak terrorism: Modi
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday told the US Republican Party delegation that their country should make its policy clear on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism against India.india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 23:08 IST
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday told the US Republican Party delegation that their country should make its policy clear on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism against India.
A seven-member delegation of the Republican Party of the US, led by Paula Dobriansky, also discussed the issue of Indo-US relationship and that between Gujarat and China.
"Indo-US relations have been cordial. But since both--India and the USA have been victims of terrorism and India faces it from across the Pakistan border, the latter (the US) should clear its stand on the issue," Modi told the delegation.
"India is not expecting the USA to publicly condemn Pakistan-sponsored terrorism towards India, but can change its attitude towards the problem," Modi said.
The US has denied visas to Modi on the issue of 2002 riots. Modi had recently visited China along with a delegation of business heads.
On the relations between Gujarat and China, Modi said, "Cooperation between Gujarat and China in development is on the rise and Gujarat is capable of competing with China in the manufacturing sector".
On a question of pending boundary dispute between India and China, Modi said, "The border issue comes under the purview of the foreign policies of Government of India."
The chief minister pointed out that the contribution of America, Britain and Europe in industries in Gujarat was the highest.
Other members of the delegation were Constunce Newman, Maria Cino, Lorne Craner, Judy van Rest, Tina Mufford and Johanna Kao.
Modi briefed the delegation about Gujarat Government's development of the automobile sector, revolutionary results in agriculture and in setting up specialist universities in the state for human resource development, besides creating a separate government department to contain the effects of Climate Change through convenient action plans.
First Published: Jan 13, 2012 23:06 IST