October 6, 2016 1:58:29 am
Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday called on Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is currently in New Delhi. The two leaders discussed issues related to tackling terrorism in the region.
According to Home Ministry officials, Singh said that South Asia needs to develop a clear response to terrorist infrastructure in the region.
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The Home Minister said Sri Lanka and India share objectives for regional peace, security, commitment to fight terrorism and maritime safety in the Indian Ocean, and added that it was essential that the two countries unite in isolating and targeting the source of ideological and financial support and training to terrorists in the region.
According to a Home Ministry spokesperson, Singh said the problem was getting worse and was not confined to just India and Afghanistan.
Singh appreciated that Sri Lanka was in general agreement with India on the need for a UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) and believed that non-existence of universally accepted definition for terrorism results in terrorist groups being permitted to operate internationally.
“Recalling that India and Sri Lanka have ongoing cooperation in countering drug trafficking, the Home Minister stated that we should encourage institutions on both sides to strengthen these exchanges. We should also ask officials on both sides to convene the first meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Security Cooperation to discuss cooperation in countering terrorism and drug trafficking, as they are often interlinked,” the spokesperson said.
Other subjects of interest to the two countries were also discussed, including quicker disposal of Letters Rogatory, cooperation in transfer of sentenced persons and cooperation in capacity building and training.
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