Delhi: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday that what United States does with Pakistan is principally directed to counter-terrorism.
He added that according to him India shared that concern as well.
Carter also said, "Thats what our co-operation with Pak is intended to forestall."
At the same time, he pointed out, "We take terrorism emanating from Pak very seriously and where we can co-op with Pakistan in that regard (counter-terrorism) we do. Because we too have suffered from terrorism emanating from Pak more specifically in Afghanistan."
Earlier, in Panaji, he had said that that India and America will have to work hard to match their military technologies, which they have developed separately.
"The reason we have to work on India-US relationship is simply historical. You remember India was born seven decades ago and its policy was not one to associate with the US," he had said addressing the crew on board USS Blue Ridge which is anchored at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).
"That means our militaries developed separately, our technology systems cropped up separately and now when we have to work with them together, we have to try to get gears to match up. We have to work hard on that. That is why I am here, that is why you are here," he had added, as per PTI.
Carter and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar paid a visit to the ship yesterday which arrived here from Mumbai.
Talking about India and the ways the US can be compatible with this country, Carter had said, "Here's a country, a billion people democracy that is a melting pot in which every piece (thing) is respected. There is a civil society where people openly discuss and debate. Here in India rule of law is important and whose approach is conditioned by its own history and uniqueness," he said.
(With PTI inputs)