US, India urge Taliban to ensure Afghanistan is not used as a haven for terrorists
India and the United States have called on the Taliban to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a terrorist haven, as officials from the two countries conclude their joint dialogue on combating terrorism.
Reaffirming counterterrorism cooperation as an important pillar of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India, the two sides pledged to further expand cooperation in law enforcement, information sharing, exchange of good practices and strategic convergence on the challenges of the fight against terrorism, a joint statement said on Thursday.
During the two-day meeting here on October 26-27, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to stand with the Indian people and government in the fight against terrorism.
Both sides strongly condemned any use of terrorist proxies and cross-border terrorism in all its forms, and called for the perpetrators of the 11/26 bombing in Mumbai to be brought to justice.
They also called for concerted action against all terrorist groups, including those banned by the United Nations Security Council like al-Qaida, ISIS / Daesh, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM), says a joint statement.
“In accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2593 (2021), both sides called on the Taliban to ensure that Afghan territory is never used again to threaten or attack a country, harbor or train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist attacks, ”he said.
The two sides pledged to continue to consult closely on developments in Afghanistan and the potential terrorist threats arising therefrom. They also exchanged views on the fight against narco-terrorist networks and transnational illegal arms smuggling networks.
In line with UNSCR 2396 (2017), officials from the two countries discussed ways to prevent international terrorists from traveling. They also jointly decided to further expand the sharing of information on terrorist threats and exchanged information on priorities and procedures for the designation of terrorist groups and individuals.
According to the statement, officials shared best practices in the fight against terrorist financing and the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, and decided to continue counterterrorism cooperation in multilateral fora.
The two parties stressed the importance of compliance with international standards in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism by all countries.
They discussed mutual legal assistance and extradition and bilateral law enforcement training opportunities, including at the Central Police Training Academy in Hyderabad, India. They applauded the ongoing training on counterterrorism assistance (ATA), according to the joint statement.
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