Counter-terrorism tops agenda of 2nd U.S.-India strategic dialogue: Clinton

09:24, July 20, 2011      

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Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Delhi, capital of India, July 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday said counter-terrorism topped agenda of the 2nd strategic dialogue between United States and India, the two countries which are making "great strides" in such cooperation.

Clinton held talks for more than two-and-a-half hours with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, in which counter- terrorism topped the agenda.

Addressing a joint press conference with Krishna after the meeting, Clinton said: "On security cooperation, we are deepening and expanding our cooperation and making great strides together."

"I want to mention the emphasis we put on counter-terrorism," she said.

She also condemned the terrorist attacks in India's financial hub Mumbai last Wednesday, in which 19 people were killed and more than 130 seriously injured.

"Let me express our sympathy and outrage over the terrorist attack in Mumbai last week. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims," she said, "Your fight against terrorism which is also our fight against violent extremism".

The U.S. secretary of state also said the U.S. encourages India and Pakistan to resume talks suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Clinton said that Washington sees Pakistan as a key ally in its war against terror, but Pakistan needs to fight terror on its own.

"We cannot tolerate safe haven to terrorists anywhere, it is in the interest of Pakistan itself to act against terrorism," she said.

Clinton, who arrived in the Indian capital late Monday night, along with a 25-member delegation, will go to the southern city of Chennai Wednesday, where is she expected to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Source: Xinhua

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