India and Britain repeated their call to Pakistan to bring perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to justice, and resolved to work together to disrupt support systems of groups such as IS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the Haqqanis.
In a ‘UK-india Defence and International Security Partnership’ document released as Prime Minisster Narendra Modi began his three-day visit, the two countries said they supported the early finalisation of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
“The UK remains a strong advocate of a reformed United Nations and is actively engaged in efforts to reform the UN Security Council. The UK continues to support India’s bid for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council”, the document said.
Focussing on a key element of the UK-India relationship – cyber security – the document said the UK’s Chevening Cyber Scholarships programme for India will be expanded and a Cyber Security Training Centre of Excellence established.
“They will continue and further strengthen their joint work to increase the effectiveness of their law enforcement legislation and capability, and improve their ability to tackle cross-border cyber crime and online child sexual exploitation”, the document said.
It added: “India and the UK will work together, and in partnership with their nations’ technology industries, on the global WePROTECT initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation”.
The UK will provide advice on the setting up of the new Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, and expert-level links will be developed between practitioners and policy makers in this field.
On serious and organised crime, the India and the UK resolved to work together to enhance co-operation through information sharing, operational co-operation and exchange of best practice to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks, and bring the perpetrators to justice.