INDIA AND RUSSIA HOLD SPECIAL TALKS ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

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India and Russia, as special and privileged strategic partners, recently held high-level consultations on counter terrorism issues.

A composite Indian delegation was led by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs while the Russian delegation was headed by H.E. Oleg V. Syromolotov, Deputy Foreign Minister.

Both sides shared views and assessment on the threats posed by the scourge of terrorism, including state-sponsored, cross border terrorism faced by India. They also shared concerns regarding the emergence of Afghanistan-Pakistan region as the epicentre of terrorism. They discussed successful experiences in curbing terrorism and countering radicalisation.

They agreed that the UNSC 1267 Sanctions List processes for blacklisting various terrorist individuals and entities must be stringently complied with. Prospects for deepening engagement on counter-terrorism under the UN, BRICS and SCO mechanisms were also emphasised.

Indian and Russian delegates agreed to a joint action plan which seeks to focus on enhancing capacity building, frequent expert-level meetings, sharing of insights, exchange of best practices in countering radicalisation and curbing terrorism.

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