Stepping up cooperation to fight terror groups in the region, India and United States on Sunday agreed to “deepen collaboration” on getting the United Nations to designate them as terrorist groups..
“Terrorism remains a principal global threat... We agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy and approach to combat with it,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, with President Barack Obama by his side.
“There should be no distinction between terrorist groups. Every country must fulfil its commitments to eliminate terrorist safe havens and bring terrorists to justice,” he said, without naming Pakistan at the joint conference. Modi also highlighted that terrorism was “taking on a new character even as existing challenges persist”.
A joint statement released at the end of the talks between Obama and Modi, however, affirmed “the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt entities such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company and the Haqqani Network”.
There is still some more to be done before the two countries wrap up an agreement on sharing information on known and suspected terrorists.
Obama also joined Modi to reiterate their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice.
This was the only direct reference to Pakistan in the joint statement.
But terrorist activities in Pakistan – and beyond – had figured prominently in the discussions.
India and the US have decided to enter into discussions to deepen collaboration on UN terrorist designations that would impose a global ban on terror groups from entering into financial transactions anywhere in the world.
The agreement came days after the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated two Indian nationals including Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, Anees Ibrahim and Anis Moosa Bikahia, who works for D Company, as a narcotics trafficker. This designation enabled the US to freeze all their assets in the US and prohibit US nationals from transacting with them.