Washington D.C.: India and the United States have called for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and the 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice.
Acknowledging the continued threat posed to human civilisation by terrorism and condemning the recent terrorist incidents from Paris to Pathankot, from Brussels to Kabul, India and the United States resolved to redouble their efforts, bilaterally and with other like-minded countries, to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism anywhere in the world and the infrastructure that supports them.
In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the leaders committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from extremist groups such as Al-Qa’ida, Da’esh/ISIL, Jaish-e Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, D Company and their affiliates, including through deepened collaboration on UN terrorist designations.
In this context, they directed their officials to identify specific new areas of collaboration at the next meeting of the U.S.-India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group.
Building on the January 2015 U.S.-India Joint Statement commitment to make the U.S.-India partnership a defining counterterrorism relationship for the 21st Century, as well as the September 2015 U.S.-India Joint Declaration on Combatting Terrorism, both leaders announced further steps to deepen collaboration against the full spectrum of terrorist threats.
Recognising an important milestone in the U.S.- India counterterrorism partnership, the leaders applauded the finalisation of an arrangement to facilitate the sharing of terrorist screening information.
The leaders affirmed their support for a UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that advances and strengthens the framework for global cooperation and reinforces that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism.