During his visit to India, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that US will not tolerate countries that promote terrorism. He said that US seeks increased ties with India, especially in resolving the political situation in Afghanistan. Mattis’ statements come after US President Donald Trump had earlier put pressure on Pakistan to take action against militant organizations operating from its soil. These militant organizations are primarily responsible for carrying out terror attacks in India and Afghanistan. During his meeting with Indian leaders, Mattis said that US and India will work together to fight terrorism. He said that there cannot be any tolerance towards countries that are harboring terrorists. “As global leaders, India and the United States resolve to work together to eradicate this scourge,” said Mattis.
Mattis also appreciated India’s efforts to improve the situation in Kashmir. It may be recalled that India has planned to invest $3 billion in infrastructure development projects in Afghanistan. Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India will continue to support international efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan. India and US have become natural allies in recent times with the changing world order, wherein Russia and China are working to take on the might of the United States. US needs India to balance out China in the Asia region. Defense deals between US and India has increased significantly as a result, touching around $15 billion in the past decade.