Russia supports India for elimination of terror safe havens in South Asia

India and Russia on Wednesday without naming Pakistan called for elimination, once and for all, of all ‘safe havens’ of terrorists in South Asia. The two sides also underlined the urgent need for meaningful, credible, irreversible, verifiable and sustainable action against terrorists and terrorist groups.

Cross border terror in South Asia was a key item on the agenda of 11th meeting of the India-Russia Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism held here.

Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and emphasized the need for strengthening international cooperation to combat terrorism in a comprehensive and sustained manner without any double standards, officials said.

They exchanged views on threats posed by terrorist entities globally and in their respective regions as well as ongoing concerns over terrorism in the South Asia region.

Both sides highlighted their efforts on some of the world’s most pressing counter terrorism challenges including countering radicalization and extremism, misuse of internet for terrorist purposes, movement of foreign fighters and combating financing of terrorism including drug trafficking, officials informed.

The two sides also deliberated upon measures to further strengthen and deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through intensifying exchange of information, regular meetings at experts level, sharing of best practices and capacity building efforts in all areas of mutual interest in accordance with the special and privileged strategic partnership that exists between the two countries. Both sides agreed that united efforts should be made to fight against terrorism and terrorism financing at multilateral forums including the UN, BRICS, FATF and SCO.

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