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United States won't tolerate terror safe havens, says envoy

United States won't tolerate terror safe havens, says envoy

The US is working "very closely" with global partners to secure India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, its envoy Kenneth Juster said on Thursday and hoped that New Delhi would join the Australia Group on chemical and biological weapons soon.

Juster said some of the U.S. companies have been encountering difficulties in carrying on their business in China. Accordingly, some companies are downgrading their operations there, while others are looking with great interest in alternative markets. It will increase economic interactions and the volume of trade, lead to collaboration on emerging technologies and create jobs in both countries, Juster said in the capital, in his first policy speech since taking over as Ambassador to India. "I don't think we are going to get stability and security in Afghanistan if Pakistan does not contribute positively to that", Envoy Juster said, in his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations here.

"We seek to assist India's efforts to build up its indigenous defence base and capabilities, as well as enhance the inter-operability of our two forces as major defence partners in the Indo-Pacific region", he said. India and USA, he said, should work towards a free-trade agreement - "America First and Make in India are not incompatible", he said.

The US regards India as a "leading power" in the Indo-Pacific region and declared it would not tolerate cross-border terrorism or safe havens for terror. Noting that while bilateral trade has increased manifold over the years, Juster said that there is still plenty of room to grow.

He, however, expressed concerns about persistent trade deficits, including the one the USA has with India. Talking about India's NSG bid, he said, "We are working with partners to secure India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership".

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"The US is a country of immigrants and that's what helped drive our economy and our growth and made us what we are". On China and the new worldwide philosophy, Juster said, "Our strategy in the Indo-Pacific is an affirmative strategy. we want to have a constructive relationship with every country in the region. with mutual respect, that does not infringe on the sovereignty of other countries. we want to have a constructive relationship with the Chinese".

After talking much about the amicable relationship with India, he vaguely gave his assurances to the under-threat Indians working and residing in the United States on temporary visas.

The US ambassador's suggestions are in line with the US National Security Strategy put out by Washington in December that described India as a major world power. "And that's not going to change", he said.

"We want to have a constructive relationship with the Chinese as well". Pakistan is also important to the situation in Afghanistan.

"We remain in close contact with India on this issue", Juster said while replying to questions.


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