Rajnath to visit US, Russia to highlight Pak role in terror


New Delhi: In a major move to take up India’s campaign against terror vis-a-vis IS activities and the role of neighburing Pakistan in fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Russia and the US this month.

As part of an exercise proposed by the government for reaching out overseas, Singh will also travel to Hungary.

Singh will be in the US for a week-long trip from September 26-27 for the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue with American counterpart Jeh Charles Johnson, official sources said here on Sunday.

Singh’s visit to the US for Homeland Security Dialogue, a bilateral mechanism, is likely to see a push for greater collaboration between New Delhi and Washington on security cooperation.

Last month Rajnath Singh had said that “India and US were natural allies and could transform the world with trade and trust”.

In order to boost counter-terrorism cooperation, India and the US on June 2 signed an agreement to facilitate exchange of terrorist screening information.

Under the agreement both sides have agreed to provide each other with access to terrorism screening information through designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.

India and the US face serious threats from terror outfits like the Islamic State, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and have been collaborating in the fight against global terror.

As part of a similar exercise, Rajnath Singh will visit Russia for talks on issues related to Indo-Russia joint anti-terror cooperation.

He will visit Hungary at the end of the year as part of the Modi government’s announcement that India will reach out to all nations across the globe to present India’s perspective on issues likes terrorism, cyber security, economic growth and addressing issues concerning climate change and sustainable development.

Other central ministers too have been named for visits to various countries. Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan among others is likely to visit Mauritius, sources said.


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