Confirmed: India not to join US, NATO countries for fight against ISIS

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India not to join fight against ISIS
Washington, Oct 1: The news is, India will not be joining the coalition of the United States and NATO countries against the Islamic State (ISIS).

MEA Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami cleared that, "India is not joining any coalition. At the same time, Prime Minister Modi, in his meeting with US President Barack Obama, stressed that terrorism affects India acutely and is a major issue for us."

"The Prime Minister also raised the issue of radicalised young people travelling abroad, committing acts of terror and coming back. The larger issue of terrorism was talked about, but as of now, there is no statement of our joining the coalition," Doraiswami added.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, on Tuesday, Sep 30, claimed that India would help US in its fight against ISIS. While writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, Swamy wrote, "Happy that Modi committed to Obama that India would join the anti-ISIS war. Now Indo-US good relations will reach new unprecedented heights."

Rubbishing these specualtions, MEA cleared India's stand on joining fight against ISIS.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama renewed the defence agreement between India and the US for a further ten-year period during their talks at the White House here.

The two leaders also announced that the US will cooperate as a knowledge partner for Indias upcoming National Defence University.

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