India, US seek 'meaningful action' from Pakistan on terror
India and the United States yesterday underlined the need for Pakistan to take meaningful, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from its soil. The two countries exchanged views on threats posed by international terrorist organizations during the US-India Counter-terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue. The dialogue concluded in Washington on Friday. Read the details here.
India was represented by Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs
While the US delegation was led by State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan Sales, the Indian side was headed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Mahaveer Singhvi. "Both sides underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take meaningful, irreversible, and verifiable action against terrorists and terrorist groups," according to a joint statement. The two sides also discussed counterterrorism cooperation between them.
India, US resolved to continue close coordination on counterterrorism
According to the joint statement, the two sides discussed counterterrorism cooperation between them and resolved to continue close coordination on this important element of the bilateral relationship. Sales emphasized the US support for the people and the government of India in the fight against terrorism.
Indian and American officials also highlighted UNSC Resolution 2396
There was also discussion of strengthening cooperation on information sharing and other steps to disrupt the ability of terrorists to travel, consistent with the important provisions and obligations outlined in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396. Indian and American officials also highlighted their efforts on some of the world's most pressing counterterrorism challenges, including countering the financing and operations of terrorist organizations.
US welcomed India's participation in international efforts to counter terrorism-finance
The other counterterrorism challenges they discussed were the terrorist use of the Internet, and prosecuting, rehabilitating, and reintegrating returning foreign terrorist fighters, said the statement. The US, it said, welcomed India's participation in international efforts to counter terrorism finance. The two sides also shared information about their priorities and procedures for pursuing sanctions designations against terrorist groups and individuals, the statement said.