India, S Arabia Seal Anti-terror Agreements
Sign five deals, including a key pact on terror financing & money laundering
New Delhi: Aiming to elevate their strategic partnership to effectively counter threat of cross-border terror, India and Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed five agreements, including a key pact on terror financing and money laundering, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the biggest and most powerful Gulf nation.
The two countries signed agreements after wide-ranging talks that lasted for over two hours between Modi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh.
The pacts included a memorandum of understanding between the financial intelligence units of the two countries on cooperation in exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism financing and related crimes amid the spread of Islamic State and threats from groups in Af-Pak region.
The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity-building, and to strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug-trafficking and other transnational crimes.
Modi and Salman directed the relevant agencies to coordinate efforts to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism for pursuing political aims. “The two leaders expressed strong condemnation of the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, irrespective of who the perpetrators were and of their motivations,” the joint statement issued after the dialogue said.
Affirming that the menace of extremism and terrorism threatens all nations and societies, Modi and Salmantotallyrejectedanyattemptsto linkthisuniversalphenomenontoany particular race, religion or culture.
Without naming Pakistan the two leaders called on all nations to reject use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructureswheretheyhappentoexistandto cutoff supportandfinancingtotheterrorists operating and perpetrating terrorism from their territories against other states; and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice.
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