Terrorist ‘safe havens’ in Pakistan unacceptable, says Obama…

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US President Barack Obama has said “safe havens” of terrorism within that country were not acceptable and described India as a “true global” partner.

Obama also called for those behind the Mumbai terror attacks to be brought to justice.

“I have made it clear that even as the US works with Pakistan to meet the threat of terrorism, safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice,” Obama said.

Obama, who arrives here Jan 25 on a three-day visit during which he will be the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade, said: “As president, I have made sure that the US has been unrelenting in its fight against terrorist groups — a fight in which Indians and Americans are united.”

“Now, Modi’s election and his commitment to a new chapter in the relationship between our countries, gives us an opportunity to further energise our partnership.”

Obama, who will be the first US president to visit India twice and the only US president to be chief guest at the Republic Day parade, said the time was opportune to realise his vision for India and US as “true global partners”.

Describing his India visit as “an opportunity to work with Modi to make concrete progress”, Obama hoped to embark on a new era in the history of bilateralism between the two countries.

He also said that he had a strong relationship with former prime minister Manmohan Singh, whom he treated as his “close partner”.

“Given India’s strategic location, we can advance our shared security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. When India and the US work together, both our countries, and the world are more secure and prosperous,” he said.

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