Fighting Terrorism: India and France Seek Concerted Action Against LeT, JeM, Al-Qaeda

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Fighting Terrorism: India and France Seek Concerted Action Against LeT, JeM, Al-Qaeda


India and France on Wednesday called for concerted action against terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen and al-Qaeda, in particular to quickly bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks.

Apparently referring to Pakistan, a joint statement released after a meeting in Paris of the joint India-France Counterterrorism Task Force said both sides condemned all forms of terrorist activity, including cross-border terrorism. .

The two countries also “stressed the need for all countries to ensure that the territories which are under their control cannot be used for planning. [and] launch terrorist attacks against any other country, shelter or train terrorist fighters ”.

France has always supported India’s efforts in multilateral forums such as the UN Security Council and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter the activities of terrorist groups and individuals based in Pakistan. He also played a key role in sanctioning the founder of JeM Masood Azhar by the Security Council.

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The joint statement described counterterrorism cooperation as the cornerstone of the India-France strategic partnership, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

The joint statement also noted that the meeting of the joint working group was held during a month that marks the 13th anniversary of the November 2008 bombings in Mumbai and the 6th anniversary of the November 2015 attacks in Paris, and has enabled the two parties to express their solidarity with the victims of the two terrorist attacks and to “share their determination to unite in the common fight against global terrorism”.

The Indian and French delegations exchanged views on the threats posed by terrorist entities and UN sanctioned individuals and “stressed the need to take concerted action against all terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda and ISIS / Daesh, as well as Lashkar e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen ”.

This action should include “to ensure that the perpetrators of terrorist attacks are systematically and quickly brought to justice”, according to the joint statement.

The two sides also exchanged views on banning terrorist individuals and entities and shared information on their priorities for the pursuit of sanctions and designations against terrorists.

The delegations also shared their assessments of terrorist threats in their respective territories and regional environment, and underlined the need to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan “does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, at regional or global level. , and never again be used to threaten or attack any country or to harbor, recruit or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2593 ”.

The two sides also discussed various areas of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against illicit drug and arms trafficking, and decided to continue to share information to fight radicalization, violent extremism. , the financing of terrorism and the misuse of the Internet for terrorist purposes, and to act against internationally designated entities and individuals.

They also discussed counterterrorism cooperation in multilateral forums, including relying on India’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for 2021-2022, and on the FATF.

They also agreed to coordinate preparations for the third edition of the international conference “No Money for Terror” which will be hosted by India.

The Indian side was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Deputy Secretary (Counterterrorism) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while Philippe Bertoux, Director of Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed the French delegation.

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