August 31,2017: India and the European Union have agreed to strengthen cooperation between their security and intelligence agencies to combat the threat of terrorism and check terror financing.
During the 10th India-European Union Counter Terrorism Dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, the two sides deliberated extensively on combating terror financing and challenges posed by radicalisation and violent extremism.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It said, they underscored the need for deepening cooperation to combat terrorism in a long term, sustained and comprehensive manner.
The MEA said, the two sides exchanged views and assessments on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions
including state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region.
The ministry said, both sides agreed to strengthen institutional linkages between Indian agencies and their European Union counterparts including Europol for closer interaction and cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.
The statement said, they also agreed to identify relevant training programmes for capacity building of individuals on both sides working in the sphere of countering terrorism and violent extremism.
It said prospects for deepening counter-terrorism cooperation under the UN and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) were also emphasised.
The Indian delegation at the dialogue was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism at the Ministry
of External Affairs.
The European Union side was led by
Pawel Herczynski, Director for Security Policy of European External Action Service. (AIR NEWS)