McCain in Delhi1 min read . Updated: 02 Dec 2008, 10:30 PM IST
McCain in Delhi
McCain in Delhi
New Delhi: In the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, the US is sending clear signals against any action by India’s military that threatens to derail the peace talks the two nations.
Senator John McCain, Joe Libermann and Lindsey Graham who were in the capital on Tuesday met the Prime Minister and said that they empathise with the way India feels, because that is exactly what they felt after 9/11.
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The US has demonstrated bipartisan support and solidarity with India in the wake of the strikes for which Pakistan-based terror groups have been blamed.
Lieberman said, “If, as it seems likely, the group that attacked Mumbai were operating from Pakistan. We must call on our allies and friends in government of Pakistan to take action against those groups operating out of Pakistan. Because the presence of terrorist bases in Pakistan is not just a threat to people of India, it is a threat to people of America and the world."
Welcoming the assurance of full cooperation by the Pakistan government, they hoped that Pakistan will walk the talk. At the same time, they also recognize the problems that exist within the country.
“We all know that there are parts of Pakistan that are not completely under government control and we know that attacks have come across the border into Afghanistan. We know that for a fact. We want to assist government of Pakistan in gaining control of all of its country....I’m optimistic that the Pakistan government acting in its own interest will cooperate and assist in gaining and maintaining control over their entire country and working with the US", McCain said.
The three Senators who are on their way to Bangladesh, will be in Pakistan this weekend.
They will be meeting Pakistani leaders and will express their concerns.