As India and the US on Tuesday came together at the 2nd Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that there was meeting of minds between the two sides on issues and a scope to do a lot more on terrorism.
“There was meeting of minds between the two sides on the issue of terrorism,” Sushma said, adding, “We both agreed that Pakistan needs to do more to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai and Pathankot attacks to justice”.
Emphasizing that “there cannot be double standards on combating terrorism,” Sushma said, “Pakistan should withdraw safe havens provided to LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D-Company. There cannot be good terrorists or bad terrorists”.
There is a “scope to do a lot more” on counter-terrorism, she said.
The two sides at the meeting co-chaired by Sushma and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of energy and trade and business.
Sushma stressed on the need to take care of "aspirations and interests" of companies while enhancing bilateral commercial ties.
Apart from bilateral issues, substantive discussions were held on important regional and global developments, including the security situation.
To counter rising global cyber threats, the two countries will soon be finalising a cyber framework, Kerry said.
“We look forward to finalise a cyber framework that will help us protect from new global cyber threats,” Kerry said at the meeting to review the progress on decisions taken last time and identify new areas of cooperation between the two nations.
Kerry further said that the US would want its civil nuclear cooperation with India to take shape in setting up of reactors.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US counterpart Penny Pritzker were the co-chairs. The duo also presided over the India-US CEO Forum that has Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry and Honeywell Chairman Dave Cote as the co-chairs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama had decided in 2015 to elevate the then India-US engagement into a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, reflecting the significance of the trade and economic ties between the two sides.