PM Modi, Tillerson discuss ways to step up cooperation to combat terrorism

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed ways to step up cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms, during a meeting here on Wednesday.

Modi, while welcoming Tillerson on his maiden visit to the country, noted with appreciation the firm upward trajectory in the bilateral strategic partnership following the positive and far-reaching talks with President Trump in June this year.

Modi shared the resolve expressed by Tillerson on further taking further steps to strengthen bilateral engagement.

The two leaders affirmed that a strengthened India-US partnership is not just of mutual benefit to both countries, but has significant positive impact on the prospects for regional and global stability and prosperity.

In the context of President Trump’s new South Asia Policy, Prime Minister noted the commonality in the objectives of eradicating terrorism, terrorist infrastructure, safe havens, and support, while bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

In this regard, Tillerson exchanged views on his recent travels in the region with Modi.

Earlier in the day, Secretary Tillerson also held detailed discussions with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

Tillerson arrived in India last evening on a two-day visit.

The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to India is a part of his five-nation tour that includes Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland alongside.