WASHINGTON, Sept 30 � Calling for a new agenda in a novel joint editorial, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today pledged themselves as global partners to enhancing homeland security by sharing intelligence through counter-terrorism and law enforcement cooperation, reports PTI.
Writing in the Washington Post, the two leaders also said India and the US will work jointly to maintain freedom of navigation to lawful commerce across the seas, in significant comments against the backdrop of China flexing its muscle over disputes with its neighbours in East and South China seas.
�As global partners, we are committed to enhancing our homeland security by sharing intelligence, through counter-terrorism and law-enforcement cooperation, while we jointly work to maintain freedom of navigation and lawful commerce across the seas,� they said.
Referring to the relationship, Modi and Obama said though the it was robust, reliable, enduring and expanding, the true potential of the ties was yet to be fully realised and the advent of a new government in India was a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the engagement.
�With a reinvigorated level of ambition and greater confidence, we can go beyond modest and conventional goals. It is time to set a new agenda, one that realizes concrete benefits for our citizens,� Modi and Obama said, hours before their summit meeting at the White House.
They said the it will be an agenda which will enable both the countries to find mutually rewarding ways to expand collaboration in trade, investment and technology that harmonise with India�s ambitious development agenda, while sustaining the US as the global engine of growth.