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Won't send troops to Afghanistan, will aid in development: India to US

Mattis said there can be "no tolerance to terrorism safe havens"

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomes US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis at South Block in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

and the US today discussed ways to deepen their defence ties along with key issues such as Afghanistan, where has ruled out any troop contribution, and emanating from

Defence Minister and her US counterpart James Mattis held comprehensive talks covering the entire gamut of the bilateral defence partnership.

"The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border were discussed in depth. There is growing convergence in the approaches of both our countries on this issue," Sitharaman said at a joint press conference.

She said both sides recognise the importance of holding those who use as an instrument of state policy to account and to dismantle the infrastructure that supports

On his part, Mattis said there can be "no tolerance to safe havens".

He also welcomed India's contribution in war-torn

India, one of the largest contributors in where it in involved in several development projects, however, has ruled out troops contribution amidst the US emphasis for a greater participation by the country in the conflict-ridden Islamic nation.

"We have made it clear that there shall not be boots from on the ground (Afghan)," Sitharaman said while responding to a query on whether will contribute troops in

Sitharaman also said that Mattis has assured her that he will raise with the issue of emanating from there.

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 15:33 IST