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.
“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.
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”.
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.