Officials from India and the United States met here on Wednesday for the 11th meeting of the US-India Counter-terrorism Joint Working Group and discussed efforts to coordinate global counter-terrorism initiatives.
The Indian side to the meeting was led by Mr Vivek Katju, Special Secretary for International Organisations in the Ministry of External Affairs while the US delegation was led by Mr Daniel Benjamin, the Secretary of State's Coordinator for Counter-terrorism.
A press release issued by the Indian Embassy here said India and the US strongly condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, recognizing it as a major threat to democracy, international peace, and security.
They reiterated that there could be no justification for any act of terrorism on any grounds. It is imperative for the international community to come together to combat terrorism in a long-term, sustained, and comprehensive manner, they felt.
The meeting also called upon all states to abide by their commitments under the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2006.
According to the release, sessions during this year’s meeting focused on assessing the global terrorist threat, fighting terrorism through technological advancements, and counter-terrorism cooperation between India and the United States.
Other issues discussed included terrorist finance and money laundering, capacity building, and expanded information sharing. Both sides agreed to identify measures to strengthen institutional linkages leading to closer interaction and cooperation.
The Next Meeting of the Joint Working Group will take place in India on a mutually convenient date, the statement added.