At the meeting of the India-US Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group in Delhi, both sides committed to strengthening information sharing on some of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups and individuals and exchanged views on efforts to counter the financing and operations of regional and global terrorist organizations.
“The two sides discussed international efforts to counter threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters,” a statement from the MEA said here.
At the deliberations, the Indian side was led by Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary Mahaveer Singhvi and the US was represented by the State Department’s Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Alina L. Romanowski.
The Working Group reviewed threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective regions including cross border terrorism in the South Asian region, the MEA statement said.
The two sides discussed international efforts to counter threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The working group also discussed international and bilateral cooperation on justice, law enforcement and capacity building efforts to counter terrorism and UN Security Council Resolution 2396.
“Following up on the inaugural U.S.-India Counterterrorism Designations Dialogue in December 2017, the delegations discussed ongoing efforts to ensure the effective implementation of domestic and international terrorist designations,” the MEA stated.
The United States will host the next meeting of the Joint Working Group in 2019, the release said. India and the United States on July 23, 2010 signed the India-US Counter Terrorism Initiative, the text of which was initialed on the sidelines of the visit of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to the US in November 2009.
The Union Home Secretary G K Pillai had inked the pact on behalf of Indian government whereas Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer signed on behalf of the USA. The India-US Counter Terrorism Cooperation Initiative seeks to enhance the cooperation between two countries in Counter Terrorism as an important element of their bilateral strategic partnership.