In­dia, S Ara­bia Seal Anti-ter­ror Agree­ments

Sign five deals, in­clud­ing a key pact on ter­ror fi­nanc­ing & money laun­der­ing

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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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