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India's Inclusiveness Keeps Indian Muslims From Joining IS, Says US Ambassador Richard Verma

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Ambassador Richard Verma, who took charge as U.S. envoy to India in January, will provide a status update on the U.S.-India relationship and focus his remarks on the progress made in key areas over the past year as well as the challenges that remain. This event will be on the record.Featuring Richard R. VermaU.S. Ambassador to India Moderator Richard RossowSenior Fellow and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy StudiesCenter for Strategic and International Studies

MUMBAI -- The inclusive model of the country has kept Indian Muslims from joining terror outfit Islamic State, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said here today.

"India has been a model of inclusiveness," Verma told reporters when asked why have so few Indian Muslims joined the IS.

To a query on his assessment of threat perception of the dreaded terror group to India, Verma said it is for Indian officials to address that question.

"But as President (Barack) Obama said, this is a serious threat and we intend to intensify our strategies and it will require diligent efforts from all levels," Verma said.

For countering terrorism in mega-cities, governments must create an ecosystem of cohesion and inclusivity, the US Ambassador said.

"We have to get to the root causes of unrest. As cities grow bigger, there is potential that certain sections of population become disaffected and frustrated. So there is an importance of good governance," he said.

The US Ambassador also spoke of India-US cooperation on terrorism front including "shutting of the terror outfits finances and networks".

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