‘We are not the terrorists’: India to fight to defeat IS
India will deploy more soldiers and intelligence officers to counter the militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.
He said the country’s military and police would be deployed to battle IS in both Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Modi’s comments came after the US and Britain announced they had deployed more troops and intelligence experts in Iraq to counter IS, a move that has led to calls for an offensive.
The Indian government had previously said it was considering sending more troops to Iraq, but that such a move would require a new strategy and strategy would need to be approved by the countrys top civilian leadership.
Modi said India’s foreign policy should focus on the “peace, prosperity, development and security of the country”.
The Prime Minister was speaking after a summit with US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House.
During his visit, Trump and May will meet US Defence Secretary James Mattis, a close ally of Modi, who has been fighting to restore confidence in the US-led coalition fighting the militant threat in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.
India has been pushing for a greater role in the war against ISIL, saying that it had helped the US in the fight against the group.