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US hopes for Indian involvement in Iraq

September 05, 2003 09:54 IST

Expressing the hope that India would contribute troops to Iraq if a satisfactory United Nations mandate emerges from the current discussions at the world body, the US has said it is committed to help India fight terrorism irrespective of the stand it takes on the issue.

"It's important to remember that countries will get involved in this because they care about the region, because they care about the Iraqi people, because they think it's good for them to have a more stable region, particularly in a neighbourhood that India is quite close to," state department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters.

"And we would certainly hope that India would find its possible to make a contribution to stability in an area that is very important to India," he said.

To a question on whether India is holding back because of the US $3 billion aid to Pakistan, Boucher said one should go by what the Indian government has said and not from 'coffee house' talk.

Asked whether the US will help India fight terrorism if New Delhi responds to Washington's request for troops in Iraq, Boucher said, "I would tell you that the United States will help India against terrorism and work with India against terrorism, whether India decides to send troops to Iraq or not."


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Sub: Inevitable

The world community cannot ignore the task of rebuilding Iraq. There is no doubt that what Us and UK did was comppletely unacceptable, but now ...

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i am of the view that india must send troops to my opinion it will be a great service to the humanity.the people of ...

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When India was under British rule the Indian freedom fighters were the "terrorists" as per the English "peace keepers". Now the same colonial forces are ...

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Mr.Richard Boucher's statement that US will continue support India in fight aginst terror is welcome statement. But I do not think we should send trops ...

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US govt should stick to what has been said in the following statement and don't play with indians by double talks or indifferent. ----- Asked ...

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