Counterterrorism Key Issue In Narendra Modi’s Meetings With The US, Quad Partners

On Friday, India and the United States sharply condemned "cross-border terrorism," which is generally a reference to Pakistan, as well as the usage of terrorist proxies, and highlighted the need to limit terrorists' tactical, budgetary, and military assistance.

Counterterrorism, together with a fair and democratic Indo-Pacific, the battle against Covid-19, and environmental issues, surfaced as significant mutual concerns and topics of debate for the multiple systems that assembled at the White House on Friday, rapid succession.

US President Joe Biden conducted his debut bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by the Quad's first-ever in-person meeting, which included Australia's Scott Morrison and Japan's Yoshihide Suga. The day came to a close with a distinct bilateral meeting between the American and Japanese leaders.

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The two parties concurred at the bilateral summit between India and the United States that the subject of terrorism is still very significant. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla briefed the media on India's involvement in the two talks, saying, "Antiterrorism measures in collaboration between the two nations will be given a lot of attention." “Both sides condemned the use of terrorist proxies and emphasised the significance of depriving terrorist groups logistical, financial, or military support that could be utilized to plan or carry out terror attacks.”

According to the joint statement, the two leaders emphasised that both nations stand united in a common battle over terrorism around the world, and they will take concerted action against all terrorist organisations, particularly those listed by the UNSCR 1267 Sanctions Committee, censured cross-border terrorist activity, and called for the culprits of the 26/11 Mumbai assaults to be held to account.

Pakistan's persistent assistance for terrorism was brought up in the context of Afghanistan, as was its support for a "particular strategy" that did not appear to be in line with the global community's aspirations for Afghanistan.

Throughout her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, US Vice-President Kamala Harris raised Pakistan's assistance for terrorism without prompting.

As a long-time sufferer of violence, the majority of which originates from across its western border, India has considered counterterrorism a top priority in its foreign affairs. For years, it has been a component of the India-US conversation. At India's request, it was made a prominent part of the Quad agenda on Friday.

The foreign secretary added, referring to India's involvement in making counterterrorism a Quad priority that he believed aiming at very robust wording concerning Quad’s determination on terrorism and necessity to battle terrorism wherever in the world. He further said that it validates the Quad's views on this subject, and the necessity to unite efforts to combat this common plague.

The Quad stated in a joint declaration that they reject the use of terrorist intermediaries and highlight the significance of refusing terrorist groups any logistical, financial, or military support that could be used to commit or organise terror actions, including cross-border assaults

The opposing teams also debated the necessities to re-energize trade talks, improve defence cooperation, amplify combined efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic through vaccines, climate change, people-to-people ties, which involved H-1B visas for specially skilled labourers, and other concerns that the two sides are working on at the same time at the bilateral meeting between Narendra Modi and Joe Biden.

According to Shringla, the India-US agenda is so extensive that President Biden remarked the summit conference should have been split into two days. It continued for an extra 30 minutes.