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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The delegates emphasized the need for all countries to ensure that territory that is under their control cannot be used to plan and launch terrorist attacks.
  • India and France sought collaborative action against terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen, and al-Qaeda.
  • The countries discussed the threats posed by UN-sanctioned terror entities and individuals.

Yesterday, India and France sought collaborative action against terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen, and al-Qaeda. The nations decided to bring the perpetrators of terror attacks to justice speedily. Commenting on the Pakistan front, the nations condemned all forms of terror activities, including cross-border terrorism.

The Indian side was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, joint secretary (counterterrorism) in the external affairs ministry, while Philippe Bertoux, director for strategic affairs, security, and disarmament in the French foreign ministry, led the French delegation. An official disclosed the details of the meeting. In the meeting, the countries emphasized the need for all countries to ensure that territory that is under their control cannot be used to plan and launch terrorist attacks. “The land should not be used for any kind of terror activities, shelter, or to train terrorist fighters,” an official added.

The joint statement described counterterrorism cooperation as a cornerstone of the India-France strategic partnership, especially in the Indo-Pacific region. It also highlighted that the joint working group’s meeting was conducted in a month that marks the 13th anniversary of the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai and the 6th anniversary of the November 2015 attacks in Paris. Both sides expressed solidarity with the victims of both terror attacks.

They discussed the threats posed by UN-sanctioned terror entities and individuals. The delegates emphasized the need for taking concerted action against all terrorist networks including al-Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh, as well as Lashkar e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Hizbul Mujahideen. Views on banning terrorist individuals and entities were also discussed.

The delegations also shared their assessments of terrorist threats in their respective territories and regional environment. They reiterated that Afghanistan should not be used as a source of radicalisation and terrorism, regionally or globally. The two sides also discussed various areas of cooperation in counterterrorism and countering illegal narcotic drugs and arms smuggling.

Furthermore, the nations agreed to coordinate for the preparations of the third edition of the ‘No Money for Terror’ international conference to be hosted by India.

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