Blackwill says India, US should deal together with Pak, Taliban

May 5th, 2009 - 7:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): Former US Ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, on Tuesday asserted that it was high time that both India and the US holds discussions on how to deal with a turbulent and chaotic situation in Pakistan.. Addressing a conclave on the future of India-US ties in New Delhi, Blackwill also called for enlargement of India’s role in Afghanistan as he said the American forces should work out on an exit policy from that country.

Blackwill urged the US administration to stop differentiating between good and bad Taliban to improve relations with India and sought India’s cooperation in dealing with Iran’s nuclear weapon programme.

He said the combination of vital national interests and shared democratic values augur well for bright future between India and the US.

He, however, cautioned that in the immediate future there could be certain bottlenecks in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

To avoid any down turn in the relationships in the near future, he said, both the governments should remodel their policies through intensive diplomacy.

US President Barack Obama and the new Prime Minister of India will have a determining impact on the relationship, Blackwill added.

He also called for greater cooperation between India and the United States in the WTO negotiations, and climate change. (ANI)

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