United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about the US-India relations at the India International Centre in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Mike Pompeo, in conversation with India Today, said, “I am excited that we are able to work together with India on counter-terrorism. It’s a powerful partnership between the two countries countering terrorism everywhere we find it.”
In the India Today interview, he talked about Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar.
Earlier in the day, Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Important meeting with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi today. The #USIndia strategic partnership is reaching new heights under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @NarendraModi, and we have an unprecedented opportunity to go even further in the years ahead. pic.twitter.com/w49XraQEEq
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After meeting PM Modi, Mike Pompeo had lunch meeting with Minister of External Affairs (EAM) S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
A pleasure meeting @DrSJaishankar in India today. #USIndia strategic partnership is rooted in our shared values as the world’s oldest and largest democracies. This is critical as we continue to grow our trade relationship and expand cooperation in the #IndoPacific region. pic.twitter.com/JQeBHVDPX4
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Both sides shared counter-terrorism goals.
Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director, India Today Group, had an exclusive conversation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Raj Chengappa asked Mike Pompeo to share a few takeaways from his meeting with EAM S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval.
Mike Pompeo shared his views on terrorism, security and Pakistan being put on Financial Action Task Force (FATF) greylist.
The terror that emanates from Pakistan and comes to this country is unacceptable: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo@SecPompeo speaks on terrorism and Pakistan in an #exclusive interview to @rajchengappa: https://t.co/4fqxBVUizL pic.twitter.com/UYiYnWLVZT
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PROSECUTING VARIOUS TERRORISTS AFFLICTING INDIA
Raj Chengappa asked Mike Pompeo if he, with Ajit Doval and S Jaishankar, talked about prosecuting various terrorists afflicting India, whether it is Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed or India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim or Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar.
Mike Pompeo said, “I spoke to the NSA at a great length about terrorism. We both affirmed our commitment. No terrorism anywhere is acceptable. This administration [US] has been very clear to Pakistan about our expectations; they can’t be supporting terror, that is cross-border terrorism between Afghanistan and Pakistan or terror that emanates from Pakistan and comes to India. That is unacceptable.”
“We have changed that relationship [with Pakistan]. It’s different from what it was with the previous administration. We have taken this far more seriously because we recoginse the threat it [terrorism] poses to the people of India and to the people of Afghanistan. Our opportunity to get a reconciliation there [Afghanistan] is dependent on Pakistan. We have been unambiguous with Pakistan on not providing sanctuary to terrorists in Pakistan. I will always remain hopeful that Pakistan will choose the right course,” Mike Pompeo added.
POMPEO ON DAWOOD IBRAHIM, HAFIZ SAEED AND MASOOD AZHAR
“We [Pompeo, Ajit Doval and S Jaishankar] talked about Masood Azhar. We are happy since it was a right outcome at the finish line. And we also spent time talking about handful of other individuals,” Mike Pompeo said.
Talking about Dawood, Mike Pompeo said, “I don’t want to get into the details. I will let NSA Ajit Doval talk about it if he wants to. We know precisely who these bad characters are and the threats they pose to India and to the world. And the US will be a committed partner with India to push back aside those threats.”
POMPEO AND A FEW MORE TAKEAWAYS
Pompeo told India Today that in the meeting with Ajit Doval and S Jaishankar, issues like trade, military and terrorism were discussed.
Pompeo said, “India and the US need to be good, solid and reliable partners.”
Mike Pompeo said, “We talked about how we can be more ambitious in our relationship.”
Talking about terrorism, Mike Pompeo said that US is glad to see United Nations Security Council (UNSC) designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.