They rejected double standards in countering terrorism and extremism conducive to terrorism

India and Tajikistan strongly condemned terrorism in all of its manifestations at the fourth meeting of the India-Tajikistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism last week.

They also flagged the danger posed by extremism at the JWG meeting held virtually on September 13.

The two sides expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its form and manifestation "whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed". They also recognized the threat emanating from extremism conducive to terrorism and radicalization, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday.

"Both sides committed to combating terrorism, particularly the financing of terrorism. They rejected double standards in countering terrorism and extremism conducive to terrorism," the MEA added.

Additionally, both sides discussed regional and international terrorism threats. They demanded that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism be completed and adopted as quickly as possible within the UN system. ​

"Both sides shared their views on counter terrorism cooperation, including countering radicalisation; combating the financing of terrorism and cross-border movement of terrorists; preventing the exploitation of the Internet for terrorism; countering use of new technologies for terrorism; countering drug trafficking; information sharing and capacity building," the MEA pointed out.

They welcomed the High-Level International Conference on "International and Regional Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists" in their respective capitals.

They also welcomed the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing "No Money for Terror" (18-19 November 2022, New Delhi), which will actively contribute to the process of tackling the complex tasks and multifaceted problems of combating terrorism at the regional and international levels. They expressed their willingness to actively participate in these conferences at the appropriate level, the MEA said.

Both sides underlined their dedication to collaborating closely in order to strengthen relationships between their respective counterpart agencies and enhance communication, collaboration, and information sharing in the counterterrorism field.

The delegations, which took part in the meeting, were led by Jonon S. Sherali, Head of the Department of Asia and the Pacific States at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism at the Ministry of External Affairs of India.