PM Modi, US President emphasized the importance of denying financial or military support to terrorist groups

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, during their first in-person Leaders’ engagement in the White House on Friday, condemned cross-border terrorism, while calling for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice.

They reaffirmed that the US and India stand together in a shared fight against global terrorism and they will take concerted action against all terrorist groups, including groups proscribed by the UNSCR 1267 Sanctions Committee.

Both leaders denounced any use of terrorist proxies and emphasized the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks.

They noted that the upcoming US--India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group, Designations Dialogue, and renewed US-India Homeland Security Dialogue will further strengthen counterterrorism cooperation between India and the US, including in the areas of intelligence sharing and law enforcement cooperation.

Prime Minister Modi and US President Joe Biden also welcomed opportunities to develop counterterrorism technologies. They commended the US-India Counter Narcotics Working Group and are committed to finalizing a new Bilateral Framework which would facilitate joint efforts to combat drug trafficking, illicit narcotics production and precursor chemical supply chains.

Both leaders resolved that the Taliban must abide by UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021), which demands that Afghan territory must never again be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks, and underscored the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan.

They called on the Taliban to adhere to these and all other commitments, including regarding the safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals and to respect the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children, and members of minority groups.

They emphasized the importance of efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, called on the Taliban to allow full, safe, direct and unhindered access for the United Nations, its specialized agencies and implementing partners, and all humanitarian actors engaged in humanitarian relief activity, including with respect to internally displaced persons.

Reflecting their long-term commitment to promoting development and economic opportunity for the Afghan people, they determined to continue to closely coordinate and to work jointly with partners toward an inclusive and peaceful future for all Afghans.