US should identify 26/11 perpetrators: Sushma to Obama (Lead)

November 8th, 2010 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Terming India and the US “natural allies”, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Monday told President Barack Obama that the people of India will be more appreciative if the US is clear in identifying the perpetrators of the 26/11 terror attack.

“The US and India share a common perception of the war against terror. However, every Indian would appreciate if the US is clear in identifying the perpetrator of this terror attack - namely Pakistan,” Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said.

She also said that occasional utterances on behalf of the US such as granting the special status relationship to Pakistan or treating it as a Major non-NATO ally had caused concern in India and that an impression should not be allowed to be created in India that “Pakistan is an ally and India a market”.

Swaraj also asked the US to take effective steps to ensure justice to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy and adequate punishment to the guilty. She pointed out that the US should realize the importance of finding “a solution on the pattern of the BP Oil spill case”.

She stressed the need for a solution to the confiscation of the social security payments of Indian workers in the US under the totalisation agreement and also issues pertaining to outsourcing.

“Outsourcing is mutually beneficial to both the Indian and the US economies. It gives jobs to Indians but makes corporations in the US more competitive and adds to the efficiency of the US economy. This in turn creates jobs in India and helps a more competitive US economy to generate more jobs in United States of America,” Swaraj said.

She also underlined that China “cannot have a role in resolving any issue in South Asia. The United States must dispel this notion.”

A statement from the party said President Obama appreciated the concerns expressed by Swaraj and extended her an invitation to visit US.

Swaraj met Obama at his presidential suite in the ITC Maurya hotel.

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