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Cooperation against terror

During a meeting of Indian and Chinese officials in Beijing on June 13, the two sides decided to step up cooperation against terrorism.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2003 15:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

During second meeting of Sino-Indian dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism held in Beijing on June 13, the officials from both sides decided to step up bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism and emphasised the key role of the United Nations in combating the scourge faced by the international community.

The meeting, originally planned for May, had to be rescheduled due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in China.

"The two sides exchanged views on the international and regional counter-terrorism situation, Sino-Indian cooperation on counter-terrorism, role of the UN in combating global terrorism and enhancing counter-terrorism capabilities," Indian embassy sources said.

Both sides also stressed the important role of the UN in the international counter-terrorism cooperation bilaterally and multilaterally, a source said.

The Indian delegation was led by the joint secretary (east Asia) of the External Affairs Ministry, Ashok K Kantha while the Chinese side was led by the acting director general of the department of international organisations and conferences of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Jun. The policy planning department, under the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a key division that analyses issues of overall and strategic importance in global situation and international relations, analyses world and regional economic and financial situation and China's foreign policy in economic field.

The Indian side met with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Guofang.

During their interaction, Shen, said the Sino-Indian counter-terrorism dialogue would also help prepare for the forthcoming visit to China by the Prime Minister.

First Published: Jun 13, 2003 18:29 IST