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Modi, Pence discuss trade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during their bilateral meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during their bilateral meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Defence cooperation, ways to counter terrorism figure in Singapore talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence held talks on Wednesday on a wide range of bilateral and global issues of mutual interests, including defence and trade cooperation, ways to counter terrorism and the need for maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The two leaders had “productive discussion on all aspects of global strategic partnership based on growing convergence of interests on regional and global issues” on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

“Spoke about our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific & reaffirmed our commitment to strengthen security and counterterrorism cooperation and coordination,” Mr. Pence tweeted after his meeting with Mr. Modi. In a readout, Mr. Pence’s office said he encouraged “free, fair, and reciprocal trade with India.”

Briefing the reporters, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was a “very good” meeting.

“There was a sense of convergence both on bilateral issues and on global issues and we look forward to taking the relationship now in the coming months and in 2019,” he said.

Terror issue

There was some discussion on the issue of terrorism. Mr. Pence referred to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai terror attack on November 26 and hailed cooperation between the two sides on counter-terrorism, Mr. Gokhale said.

Mr. Modi thanked Mr. Pence and reminded him that in one way or another all the traces and all the leads in the global terror attacks ultimately led to a “single source and single place of origin,” without naming any country or organisation.

“He [Mr. Modi] did point out that the mainstreaming of people involved in the Mumbai attacks in a political process which has taken place in the recent elections in Pakistan should be a matter of serious concern not just to the two countries — India and the U.S. — but to international community,” Mr. Gokhale said, referring to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s party contesting the July 25 elections in Pakistan.

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