India and France stressed the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of terrorism and called for concerted action against all terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish- e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen.
At a meeting of the India-France Joint Counterterrorism Task Force in Paris, the two sides condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terrorist activities, and pledged to jointly fight against the threat. , according to the Ministry of External Affairs (AEM).
The two countries reiterated their willingness to coordinate actively for the preparation of the third edition of the international conference “No Money for Terror” which will be organized by India.
At Tuesday’s meeting, they also exchanged views on banning terrorists and entities as one of the tools in the fight against terrorism and shared information on the priorities and procedures for pursuing sanctions and designations against terrorist entities and individuals, the MEA said in a statement. He indicated that the two parties shared their assessment of the evolution of the terrorist threat on their respective territories and in their regional environment.
They also stressed the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally, and is never again used to threaten or attack a country or to harbor, recruit or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2593, ” the MEA said. He said India and France also exchanged views on threats posed by UN sanctioned terrorist entities and individuals and stressed the need to take “concerted actions” against all terrorist networks, including including al-Qaida and ISIS / Daesh as well as LeT, JeM, and Hizbul Mujahideen.
The two sides also insisted that the perpetrators of terrorist attacks be systematically and quickly brought to justice.
Held during a month which marks both the 13th anniversary of the Bombay attacks in November 2008 and the sixth anniversary of the Paris strikes of November 2015, this meeting reaffirmed the unequivocal condemnation by India and France of the terrorism in all its forms, the MEA mentioned. “The two sides stressed the need for all countries to ensure that the territories under their control cannot be used to plan, launch a terrorist attack against any other country, harbor or train terrorist fighters,” he said. he declared.
The two sides exchanged views on various areas of cooperation in the field of the fight against terrorism, the fight against illegal narcotics and arms smuggling.
The MEA said it has expressed its willingness to continue sharing information on countering radicalization and violent extremism, countering terrorist financing, preventing the misuse of the internet for terrorist or extremist purposes. violent to act against internationally designated entities and individuals. “The two sides pledged to work closely together to address these challenges and discussed ways to deepen engagement between their respective counterpart agencies to advance cooperation in the field of counterterrorism.” , did he declare. The two sides also discussed counterterrorism cooperation in multilateral fora, including the UN, building on India’s membership of the Security Council for the biennium 2021-2022, and the FATF. (Financial Action Task Force).
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