India, US seek meaningful, verifiable action from Pakistan on terror

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India and the United States (US) on Friday underlined the need for Pakistan to take meaningful, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups.

The two nations exchanged views on threats posed by international terrorist organizations as well as ongoing concerns over cross-border terrorism in the South Asia region.

The US delegation was led by State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan Sales while the Indian side was headed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Mahaveer Singhvi.

The two sides discussed counter-terrorism cooperation between them and resolved to continue close coordination on this important element of the bilateral relationship.

Ambassador Sales emphasized U S support for the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism.

“There was a 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 United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396,” Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Indian and US officials also highlighted their efforts on some of the world’s most pressing counter-terrorism challenges, including countering the financing and operations of terrorist organisations, terrorists’ use of the internet, and prosecuting, rehabilitating, and reintegrating returning foreign terrorist fighters, the statement said.

“The US welcomed India’s participation in international efforts to counter terrorism finance,” the statement added.

The two sides also shared information about their priorities and procedures for pursuing sanctions designations against terrorist groups and individuals, it said.