In U.S., Doval talks terror, S. China Sea

Ajit Doval

Ajit Doval  

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his U.S counterpart, H.R. McMaster, committed to work together to “combat the full spectrum terrorist threats”, a U.S administration official said after a meeting between the two on Friday.

Mr. Doval also met U.S Defence Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during his three-day visit to the U.S capital.

The focus of Mr. Doval’s meetings was terrorism, but the security situation in India’s neighbourhood, including Afghanistan and maritime security issues in the Indian Ocean, were also discussed, Indian officials said.

“The new administration has taken a very strong view on terrorism. That is something that is good for the entire world as this will lead to a more united approach to tackling terrorism,” one official said, adding that Islamist terrorism and cross-border terrorism specifically targeting India were also discussed.

Continuing cooperation

Tensions in South China Sea also figured. The officials spoke on broad objectives and areas of common of interests between the two countries, and according to Indian assessment, there is continuity on all fronts of cooperation between the two countries.

India, meanwhile, has asked the U.S. to provide details of the 271 undocumented migrants Washington wants New Delhi to take back. “This is an ongoing matter. The U.S. authorities had conveyed to us sometime back that out of certain statistics provided to us earlier, 271 cases remained to be addressed. However, no details of these cases were provided. We have asked for the same,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Earlier, ahead of the meeting with Mr. Doval, Mr. Mattis said that no relationship can stay static as it either declines or grows.

“Democracies like ours need this sort of dialogue. We had a strengthening of the relationship over the last several years. No relationship stays the same, either decline or get better, they get stronger. Intent here today is to continue to strengthen the relationship and make sure that it gets stronger every year.”

(With Press Trust of India inputs from New Delhi)

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