U.S. Will Stand with India Against Terrorism: Rex Tillerson in New Delhi

first_imgUnited States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on his first visit to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Oct. 25. Swaraj and Tillerson reiterated their joint stance against a terrorism-free Pakistan, calling on the country to take action against safe havens given to terrorists on their soil.“We believe President Trump’s new policy can be successful only when Pakistan indiscriminately acts against all terror groups,” Swaraj said at a joint press conference held with Tillerson in New Delhi.The American leader called India an emerging leader, and said, “India is a natural partner in our fight against terrorism”.“In my discussions in Islamabad, we were frank to conclude that there are too many terrorist outfits that find a safe haven in Pakistan. We are putting in place a mechanism to deny these outfits the ability to launch attacks on other countries.”“We want to work with Pakistan in a positive way as we think this is in their interest in the long run,” Tillerson said.Tillerson flew to India after a Pakistan visit, where too he had been clear about the stand of United States against terrorism. He had criticized China as a threat to the world order as well. The United States has embraced India, inviting it to have a greater role in Afghanistan and commending India for its role in the troubled country’s development, including constructing the country’s Parliament building.You can also watch it live on our @YouTube channel Click: https://t.co/gttzmWNsc2— Indian Diplomacy (@IndianDiplomacy) October 25, 2017Before embarking for the South Asia tour, Tillerson had set the tone of the visit when he wished people Happy Diwali during a press conference in Washington. According to Swaraj, the relationship between India and the United States has improved since Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Donald Trump.In August 2017, Trump and Modi had discussed peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region during a phone conversation on India’s Independence Day. “The leaders resolved to enhance peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new two-by-two ministerial dialogue that will elevate their strategic consultations,” the White House had said at the time.Trump’s Afghanistan policy had angered and shocked Pakistan since the world’s oldest democracy took a hardline stance. The United States has decided that its troops will be in Afghanistan indefinitely. Afghanistan has faced multiple attacks in the recent past, leading to the death of hundreds of people. One of the biggest attacks was in May 2017, when 90 people were killed and 460 injured near the German Embassy in Kabul.“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations…. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change,” Trump had said in a speech in August. “It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order and to peace.” Related ItemsIndia Afghanistan Americaindia pakistan relationsIndia US relationsRex Tillerson in indiasushma swaraj Tillersonus china relationsUS secretary of state India visitlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIn celebration of its partnership with chic French dining phenomenon Diner en Blanc, Marriott International has introduced a new cocktail and dining series across its Sydney properties, inspired by the event’s French heritage and exclusive all-white theme.The chefs and bartenders at Marriott International’s five city properties – Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, The Westin Sydney, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, and Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – have created their very own Diner en Blanc-inspired menus, available from today in the lead-up to the white pop-up picnic, taking place on 17 November.Scallops and pork – Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Central Park“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Marriott International is the official 2018 hotel partner for Diner en Blanc in Sydney, and thrilled to present a new menu in celebration of, and inspired by, the event’s French culture and striking white aesthetic,” said Florencia Aimo, Area Director of Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International.The White Burger – Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection“Marriott International shares Diner en Blanc’s passion for extraordinary events and exceptional cuisine, and we saw this partnership as a natural extension of our food and beverage offering here in Sydney. At Marriott we appreciate how closely food and travel are entwined, and our focus is on expanding and enhancing our dining venues by working with local profiles, events and suppliers to present fresh and engaging experiences to our guests.”The Picnic in the Park – Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde ParkThe new Diner en Blanc cocktails will be available at Sydney hotels until 26 January 2019 and are designed to invoke thoughts of springtime picnics in the French countryside. Each hotel has its own guest Diner en Blanc cocktail, incorporating a signature French infusion of flavours like Lillet Blanc, Cointreau or St. Germain Elderflower eau-de-vie.Marriott International’s all-white dining menu joins the cocktail menu for a limited period, and will be available across the city until 30 November 2018.Lemon Drop by Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph CollectionFor attendees wanting to stay at one of Marriott International’s Sydney properties following Diner en Blanc, there is also an exclusive overnight package starting from $280.Diner en Blanc has become a cultural icon since its inception 30 years ago in Paris, when founder François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant picnic, asking them to dress in white. Since that first dinner, the event has grown to more than 70 cities worldwide.Participation in the Diner en Blanc event is either by personal referral or wait-list invitation only, and its exclusivity draws crowds of some 20,000 in Sydney each year. The event location changes annually, and is a closely guarded secret, to be revealed only as attendees in white descend for the city’s most anticipated and stylish pop-up picnic.For more information regarding Marriott’s Diner en Blanc cocktail and dining collection, or to book a stay, visit www.meeteatdrink.com.au/whats-on.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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