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Afghan territory must not become source of terrorism: India, France

India and France have underlined the necessity to make sure that Afghan territory doesn’t turn into a supply of terrorism and referred to as for concerted motion in opposition to all terror teams together with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen.

At a gathering of the India-France joint working group on counter-terrorism in Paris, the 2 sides condemned terrorism in all its kinds together with cross-border terrorist actions and vowed to face collectively within the struggle in opposition to the menace, in accordance with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA).

The 2 international locations recalled their willingness to coordinate actively in view of the preparation of the third version of the ‘No Cash for Terror’ worldwide convention to be organised by India.

Within the assembly on Tuesday, in addition they exchanged views on proscription of terrorists and entities as one of many instruments to fight terrorism and shared details about priorities and procedures for pursuing sanctions and designations in opposition to terrorist entities and people, the MEA mentioned in a press release.

It mentioned the 2 sides shared their evaluation of the evolution of the terrorist risk on their respective territories and of their regional atmosphere.

“In addition they underlined the necessity to make sure that Afghan territory doesn’t turn into a supply of radicalisation and terrorism, regionally or globally and is rarely once more used to threaten or assault any nation or to shelter, recruit or practice terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist assaults in accordance with the UNSC Decision 2593,” the MEA mentioned.

It mentioned India and France additionally exchanged views on threats posed by UN-sanctioned terrorist entities and people and emphasised the necessity for taking “concerted motion” in opposition to all terrorist networks together with al-Qaida and ISIS/Daesh in addition to LeT, JeM, and Hizbul Mujahideen.

The 2 sides additionally pressed for ensuring that perpetrators of terrorist assaults are systematically and expeditiously dropped at justice.

Held in a month that marks each the 13-year-anniversary of the November 2008 Mumbai assaults and the six-year-anniversary of the November 2015 Paris strikes, this assembly reaffirmed India and France’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its kinds, the MEA mentioned.

“Each side confused the necessity for all international locations to make sure that territories which might be below their management can’t be used to plan, launch terrorist assault in opposition to another nation, shelter or practice terrorist fighters,” it mentioned.

The 2 sides exchanged views on numerous areas of cooperation within the sphere of counter-terrorism, countering unlawful narcotic medicine and arms smuggling.

The MEA mentioned they expressed their willingness to maintain sharing data on countering radicalisation and violent extremism, combating the financing of terrorism, stopping misuse of the web for terrorist or violent extremist functions to behave in opposition to internationally designated entities and people.

“Each side dedicated to working carefully collectively to reply to these challenges and mentioned methods to deepen engagement between their respective counterpart companies to additional advance cooperation within the sphere of counter-terrorism,” it mentioned.

The 2 sides additionally mentioned counter-terrorism cooperation in multilateral fora together with within the UN, building-up upon India’s membership of the Safety Council for the 2021-2022 biennium, and on the FATF (Monetary Motion Activity Drive).

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