India and the United States have been trading barbs for months over how they should tackle terrorism, and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday stepped up pressure on his American counterpart Donald Trump by demanding a “swift response” to the Paris attacks.
Mr Singh said India and Washington were on the verge of a “low point” in bilateral ties and called for a “strong response” from the Trump administration to the terror attacks in France.
India has already warned the United Kingdom to “stop all attacks” against it after it said the country would send a high-level team to help track down the attackers.
The United States and India are already working on the establishment of a counterterrorism alliance to combat terrorism in the Asia-Pacific region.
But they have not come close to meeting expectations for closer cooperation in tackling terrorism, which India has blamed for a series of terror attacks across the country in recent years.
In his first address to Congress since the Paris assaults, Mr Singh said the United Nations Security Council would need to take a “more active role” in combating terrorism.
“The United Nations should act in the region to ensure that countries that commit terrorism are punished for their actions,” he said.
“There is no reason why the United Nation can’t act to help us prevent future attacks.
The US is also seeking to improve bilateral ties by promoting trade and business, especially in sectors such as infrastructure and technology, which are both vital to the economy of the two countries.”
In addition, we need to improve the relationship between the two sides in terms of our shared values, principles and values,” Mr Singh added.
Mr Trump has not made a public statement on the attacks and has said he was “not taking sides” in the debate.