Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, who is on a two-day official visit to India has issued an unprecedented and direct warning to Pakistan for its continued support for terrorism.
Speaking at an event, Haley said that India and the US have both felt the pain of terrorism, raising the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, where she said that citizens of both nations had lost their lives.
She added that both countries share an urgent interest in eliminating terrorist networks and keeping nuclear weapons from falling into their hands, for which India and the US must use all the elements of national power -- economic, diplomatic and military.
"This includes working together at the UN to designate terrorist leaders and networks", Haley said, adding that neither nation can turn a blind eye to regimes that produce, harbour and support terrorists.
Taking aim at Pakistan directly, Haley said that the US is now approaching its relationship with Pakistan differently from the past. While acknowledging that Pakistan had been a partner of the US in the past, Haley said that the US could no longer tolerate the Pakistan government giving a safe haven to terrorists.
"We won't tolerate it. We're communicating this to Pakistan more strongly than in the past and we hope to see changes."
Haley's remarks come even as 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's politico-terror outfit is set to contest next month's Pakistan elections and Pakistan, as a country, is set to be placed on the FATF's terror-funding greylist.
Here are Nikki Haley's full remarks:
"The US and India have both felt the pain of terrorism. We share a commitment to defeating terrorists and the hateful ideology that motivates them. We share an urgent interest in eliminating the terrorist networks that threaten us and to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and their sponsors. Both our nations lost citizens in the horrific Mumbai attack a decade ago. As fellow democracies, US and India must be global leaders in the fight against terrorism. We've greatly expanded our counter-terrorism cooperation in the past decade but we can and must do more."
"We must use all of the elements of our national power - economic, diplomatic, military to protect ourselves. This includes working together at the UN to designate terrorist leaders and networks. Neither of our nations can turn a blind eye to regimes that produce, harbor and support terrorists. In this area, the US is approaching its relationship with Pakistan differently from in the past. In many instances, Pakistan has been a partner with us and we value and respect that but we can't tolerate its government or any government giving safe haven to terrorists. We won't tolerate it. We're communicating this to Pakistan more strongly than in the past and we hope to see changes."