Counter-terrorism a growing priority for India-US: Swaraj

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The growing convergence between India and United States is the high priority being attached by both sides to counter terrorism, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday.

Addressing the India-US forum programme, Swaraj said, “Both the countries have been direct victims of this terrorism. In India we have been facing cross border terrorism for many years now. This is now recognised as a larger, regional and even global challenge.”

The External Affairs Minister further asserted that a clear and unambiguous message given jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump needs to be pursued with resolve by the international community.

“The rising instability in Afghanistan due to terrorism is a cause of mutual concern for both India and the US. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices of the US to preserve peace, democracy in Afghanistan. On the other India has made its own contribution and we remain committed to continue supporting the government of Afghanistan,” Swaraj said.

At the forum programme, Swaraj also highlighted India’s rising status as an investment destination while also stating that the India-US partnership went well beyond simple economic terms and now included diverse social agendas as well.