Terrorism must be countered without differentiation: India tells US

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India has offered to share more intelligence on terrorism with the US as it made a forceful plea to deal with all shades and affiliations of the scourge without any differentiation.

“Terrorism has become a global phenomenon and requires a comprehensive response,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Washington after wide-ranging talks with the US Defence Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon.

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“Terrorism of all shades and affiliations must be countered without any differentiation,” he said at a joint press conference noting that terrorism was a key topic of discussion in all his engagements, which included meetings with US lawmakers.

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Asked if India was considering a role in the US-led coalition’s campaign against terror outfit IS, Parrikar said there was no change in India’s policy and “would play whatever role India has to play under the United Nations”.

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However, he offered to share more intelligence with the US on terrorism.

Carter said terrorism of all kinds remained a serious problem. The two sides held regular consultations on the issue and counter-terrorism remained a key component of India-US cooperation, he said.

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