Washington: India will not be joining the coalition of the United States and NATO countries against the Islamic State (ISIS).
"India is not joining any coalition. At the same time, Prime Minister Modi, in his meeting with US President Barack Obama, stressed that terrorism affects India acutely and is a major issue for us," MEA Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami told the media here during a press conference.
"The Prime Minister also raised the issue of radicalised young people travelling abroad, committing acts of terror and coming back. The larger issue of terrorism was talked about, but as of now, there is no statement of our joining the coalition," Doraiswami added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama had earlier in the day renewed the defence agreement between India and the US for a further ten-year period during their talks at the White House here. The two leaders also announced that the US will cooperate as a knowledge partner for India`s upcoming National Defence University.