Washington: Describing terrorism
emanating from Pakistani soil as "real concerns", Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao said the issue is part of the Indo-Pak
Foreign Minister level dialogue which resumes next month.
The parleys primarily aim at "bridging" the "trust
deficit" between the two South Asian neighbours.
"There are very real concerns about terrorism
emanating from the soil of Pakistan that is being directed
It forms very much the part of the dialogue that we
are conducting and hope to take forward with Pakistan," Rao
told in response to a question at an event organised by the
Brookings Institute - a Washington-based think tank - and the
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Reiterating the Government of India position, Rao
said New Delhi is committed to resolve all its issues with
Pakistan through dialogue.
"The issues between India and Pakistan exits they
have to be resolved through dialogue between India and
Pakistan," she said adding that there are very real
outstanding issues that need resolution.
"Recently our Prime Minister has taken the
initiative to reach out to Pakistan and offer to resume
As you know, the Foreign Ministers (of the two
countries) would meet in Islamabad on 15th of July.
We want to address the issue of trust deficit with
Pakistan and to look at how we can take this dialogue," Rao
said in response to a question.
Earlier, Rao said the scheduled November visit of
the US President, Barack Obama, would take the endeavour to
strengthen Indo-US relations to greater heights.
"The transformation of our relationship is taking
place against the backdrop of India`s initiatives to reform
its economic and the geo-political changes in the post-cold
war world," she said.
Rao said there is increasing convergence of interest
on major global issues - the imperatives of a multi-polar and
inter connected world today set the stage for us to address
global challenges - whether it be the rising threat of
terrorism and extremism or ensuring a balance, equitable,
sustainable development for all, energy security and food
security for both our people and around the globe.
"We see the United States as a friend and a valuable
partner in our developmental efforts," she said, adding that
there is a sense of destiny about what the two countries do in
"While there are no major irritant in our
relationships, we need to ensure that our partnership does not
become hostage to regional dynamics and we realise its full
potential," Rao said.
"The question of reform of the UN Security Council
and the expansion of its membership is an important item on
the agenda of our dialogue, as we seek US support for India`s
place for permanent membership of the UN Security Council,"
"In our neighbourhood, we have a vision for enhanced
South Asian co-operation for development.
That vision is, however, challenged by violence and
terrorism which originates in our region and finds sustenance
and sanctuary there.
The recent failed terrorist attack at the Times
Square in New York has again revealed the global reach of
terrorist organisations," she said.
"Whether it be the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the
Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al Qaeda or the Taliban, all these groups
are driven by a similar ideology.
An ideology that is opposed to freedom, to democracy,
to development, and to peaceful resolution of differences,"
"Our two countries - India and the United States -
have a vital interest in defeating terrorism and in ensuring
that the safe heavens and breeding grounds cease to exits.
In this context our bilateral cooperation in counter
terrorism is crucial.
Our concerns in this area is shared and our
co-operation in information sharing and improving our
infrastructure to resist and deal with terrorism is of great
relevance," the Foreign Secretary said.