Concerned over Pak terror groups extending capabilities: Tillerson:  

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday expressed concern over the stability and security of Pakistan government in case terror groups extend capabilities. Tillerson, who met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in the morning in New Delhi, was addressing the media.

Among other notable points he made during the media interaction were:
-US backs India’s emergence as leading power and will continue to help Indian capabilities in providing security for the region.
-Looking forward to discussing deals for F16 and F18 fighter jets with India.
-India is crucial to US-Afghanistan strategy, we are looking at strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
-Ready to provide best technology for India’s military modernisation.
-Terror havens will not be tolerated.
Swaraj said any country backing terrorism must be made responsible, as America’s South Asia policy can succeed only when Pakistan acts on terror groups. She also expressed concerned over attacks in Afghanistan, and said Pakistan must act against terror groups. She said she raised the H1B visa issue and requested Secretary of State Tillerson not to take action that may adversely impact Indians.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that India attaches utmost importance to its relations with the US and is committed to take the relations to a new level. Interacting with media after talks with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson in New Delhi, Mrs. Swaraj said that defence relations have deepened between the two countries in the recent past. She said terrorism was discussed with the US Secretary of State.

Mrs. Swaraj said the two countries are of the view that no country in the world should provide safe heavens to terror groups and Pakistan should take action against terror outfits without any discrimination. She said they also discussed security concerns in Indo-Pacific region.

Mrs. Swaraj said India and US enjoy greater economic relations and innovation and economic relations should be further strengthened. Mr. Tillerson told media that US stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in its fight against terrorism.

He said the US appreciates the role of India in Afghanistan. Mr. Tillerson said the two countries have robust trade and economic relations and US is willing to cooperate with India in different sectors. The US Secretary of State arrived in New Delhi last night. Later, in the day he will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tillerson is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the afternoon.

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