‘Can`t have selective approach in fighting terror’

India has conveyed to the US that countries with a "determined position to fight terror" cannot be selective in their approach in dealing with the menace and have to fight the scourge together "across the board".

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 09:51 AM IST

New York: India has conveyed to the US that
countries with a "determined position to fight terror" cannot
be selective in their approach in dealing with the menace and
have to fight the scourge together "across the board".

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna discussed the issue
of terror with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a
bilateral meeting that lasted here for over 40 minutes.

Terming the meeting as "very good and constructive,"
Krishna later told reporters that the two sides spent time on
discussing the issue of terrorism and condemned the recent
attacks on the American mission in Kabul and at the High Court
in New Delhi.

"I made out the point that it is necessary for all those
countries which have taken the determined position to fight
terror will have to act together and fight it across the board
without being selective in our approach," he said adding that
"Secretary Clinton agreed with us."

The talks also featured concerns over the Haqqani network
with the External Affairs Minister pointing out that "whenever
terror comes up for discussion, the Haqqani group is certainly
a factor which is woven into terrorism."

On whether America`s recent accusation against ISI for
supporting the deadly Haqqani network has brought a sense of
unity between India and the US on Pakistan, Krishna said "it
is not a question of America agreeing with India and India
agreeing with Pakistan."

He said the countries have to see what is "our approach,
reaction, response to terror.

"If the position US takes on terror is exactly similar to
the position India takes that does not mean to say that they
have been converted to our position or we have taken position
similar to them."

The two sides also followed up on the civil nuclear
treaty and discussed what needs to be done further.

Clinton urged Krishna to ensure that India`s nuclear
liability regime conforms with the Convention on Supplementary
Compensation for Nuclear damage, an American official said
requesting anonymity.

Krishna and Clinton discussed a host of multilateral
issues including the situation in Palestine, Sudan and Syria.

When asked to comment on the divergent views that India
and the US have on Syria and Palestine, Krishna said as Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh has said in his address to the UN
General Assembly, "We cannot order how nations set their house
in order."

On concerns that momentum of the India-US relations
appear to be slowing down, with certain defence contracts not
being awarded to US companies, Krishna said this is not an
issue by which US would be offended.

He said defence contracts are awarded on basis of merit
and are a comparative tabulated evaluation done by a committee
of experts. "I do not think anybody can take offence if we
chose something else. US has been into this long enough not to
misjudge the relationship based only on a particular issue. We
will have to take the generality," he added.

Krishna said he was "quite satisfied" with the outcome of
his talks.

Clinton complimented India on its active participation in
the New Silk Road initiative to strengthen transit and trade
in South and Central Asia.

"The ministers compared notes on the upcoming New Silk
Road conference in Istanbul in early November," the official
said.

PTI