"I think that (sale of F-16 to Pakistan) has to be reviewed carefully. I do not think that the nuclear armed version (of F-16) should be sold. That would exacerbate things," Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives told Indian-Americans on the occasion of launch of Republican Hindu Coalition.

"Let's be clear, there is a direct tie between what happened in Paris and what happened several years ago in Paris. There is a common enemy, there is a common threat. And it is only appropriate that the world's largest democracy in numbers and world's largest democracy in military power should be natural allies, fighting on behalf of civilisation," the powerful Republican leader said.

The former House Speaker said there is "a global war underway between Islamists supremacist and the rest of the civilised world." The alliance between India and the US and the deep commitment by the two countries is very important to this, he said.

Responding to a question on sale of F-16 to Pakistan, Ayotte assured Indian-Americans that she would 'carefully review' the proposal to sell F-16 to Pakistan. "I want to make sure that we are very careful about what we do," she said.

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