India, US to hold talks on terrorism on Wednesday
The talks will include the resurgence of Taliban-driven violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan's role as a supporter of radical militancy.india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 17:09 IST
India and the US will hold talks in Washington from Wednesday on stepping up cooperation to combat global terrorism.
The talks will include the resurgence of Taliban-driven violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan's role as a supporter of radical militancy.
India will raise its concerns during the two-day talks on continuing terrorism in its territory allegedly backed by Pakistan, officials said.
KC Singh, additional secretary (United Nations) in the External Affairs Ministry, will lead the Indian delegation to the meeting of the joint working group on counter-terrorism. Henry A Crumpton, coordinator for counter-terrorism in the US State Department, will head the American side.
The two sides will review terrorism in South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, and discuss measures to strengthen multi-lateral mechanisms, officials said.
They will also discuss a gamut of issues related to counter-terrorism, including source of financing, drug trafficking, civil aviation security, ideological and material support to terrorism, and cyber security.
Steps needed for an early ratification and implementation of a treaty on mutual legal assistance will also be discussed.
The meeting on counter-terrorism comes a little over a month after US President George Bush's visit to India, when the two sides clinched a historic civil nuclear cooperation deal and reviewed steps to combat global terrorism.
The joint statement issued then had acknowledged that, "terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and rooted out in every part of the world".
The last meeting of the joint working group on counter-terrorism, set up six years ago to strengthen intelligence-sharing and to share notes on emerging trends in international terrorism, was held in Delhi two years ago.
During the last meeting, both sides agreed to continue with training and capacity building programmes and cooperation against narcotics trafficking and the financing of terrorism.