Clear stand on Pak-sponsored terror: Modi to US

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi told the US Republican Party delegation that their country should make its policy clear on Pak-sponsored terrorism.

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on Friday told the US Republican Party delegation
that their country should make its policy clear on Pakistan-
sponsored terrorism against India.

A seven-member delegation of the Republican Party of
the US, led by Paula Dobriansky, also discussed the issue of
Indo-US relationship and that between Gujarat and China.
"Indo-US relations have been cordial. But since both--
India and the USA have been victims of terrorism and India
faces it from across the Pakistan border, the latter (the US)
should clear its stand on the issue," Modi told the
delegation.

"India is not expecting the USA to publicly condemn
Pakistan-sponsored terrorism towards India, but can change its
attitude towards the problem," Modi said.

The US has denied visas to Modi on the issue of 2002
riots. Modi had recently visited China along with a delegation
of business heads.

On the relations between Gujarat and China, Modi said,
"Cooperation between Gujarat and China in development is on
the rise and Gujarat is capable of competing with China in the
manufacturing sector".

On a question of pending boundary dispute between
India and China, Modi said, "The border issue comes under the
purview of the foreign policies of Government of India."
The Chief Minister pointed out that the contribution
of America, Britain and Europe in industries in Gujarat was
the highest.

Other members of the delegation were Constunce Newman,
Maria Cino, Lorne Craner, Judy van Rest, Tina Mufford and
Johanna Kao.

Modi briefed the delegation about Gujarat Government`s
development of the automobile sector, revolutionary results in
agriculture and in setting up specialist universities in the
state for human resource development, besides creating a
separate government department to contain the effects of
Climate Change through convenient action plans.

PTI