Mumbai: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday made it clear that Washington won’t pressurize India to resume dialogue with Pakistan, saying it is for the two sovereign governments to take a decision.
“The US is very supportive of all efforts in the fight against terrorism. At the same time, we are not going to in any way pressurize to restart (Indo-Pak) dialogue as it is for these two sovereign governments to decide,” she said.
On the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, she said: “This is an issue to be addressed and it is for India to decide what is best for its people.
“We have made it clear that US respects India’s decision,” she said.
The US Secretary of State said that her government is committed to the fight against terrorism.
“We expect everyone with whom we have relations to take strong action to prevent terrorism from taking roots on their soil,” she said, without naming Pakistan.
Clinton said thatPakistan was, however, showing greater commitment to fight terrorism in the last six months.
To a query on Pakistan giving support to organisations like LeT and JUD, she spoke in favour of dismantling all terror organisations including these two outfits.
“Based on what we have seen in the last few months, there has been action not just from the government level but also from the society to fight terror in Pakistan,” she said.
However, she said that it is too early to comment on any results coming from Pakistan.
Voicing the US administration’s commitment to boosting bilateral ties, Clinton said that during her meeting with Indian officials she would strive to deepen the relations in the areas of economy, climate change and terrorism.
To a query on India and China contributing to carbon emissions, she said that there is no inherent contradiction between poverty eradication and moving towards a carbon emission-free regime.”
“What US wanted was that countries like India and China do not commit same mistakes like US and other developed countries,” she said.