In­dia Gets Italy Back­ing onCross-bor­derTer­ror­ism

Prime Min­is­ter Modi and his coun­ter­part Paulo Gen­tiloni vow to act against Al Qaeda, ISIS and their af­fil­i­ates

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Italy has be­come the first mem­ber of the Euro­pean Union to re­fer to cross-bor­der t e r r o r i s m e ma n a t i n g from Pak­istan in a joint doc­u­ment with In­dia.

The joint state­ment is­sued af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi held talks with the vis­it­ing Ital­ian PM Paolo Gen­tiloni on Mon­day “called upon all coun­tries to work towards root­ing out ter­ror­ist safe havens and their in­fra­struc­ture and net­works and halt­ing cross-bor­der move­ment of ter­ror­ists”.

Al­though the state­ment did not name Pak­istan, it is the strong­est such ref­er­ence to cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism tar­get­ing In­dia.

The two lead­ers called upon all United Na­tions mem­ber coun­tries to des­ig­nate ter­ror­ist en­ti­ties in line with the rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions. It is un­der­stood that Au­gusta West­land case also fig­ured in the talks. Ital­ian PM dur­ing the meet cal led for g reater ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing be­tween In­dia and Italy in the area of fight­ing cor­rup­tion and Pres­i­dent of Italy’s Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Author­ity will soon visit In­dia to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in this area. The t wo PMs, ac­cordi ng to the joint state­ment, agreed to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion to take de­ci­sive and con­certed ac­tions against Al Qaeda, ISIS and its af­fil­i­ates, and all other all UN des­ig­nated glob­ally pro­scribed ter­ror­ists and ter­ror en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing those men­tioned in the eighth para­graph of the Oc­to­ber 6 In­dia-EU joint state­ment. Both sides agreed to strengthen the con­sul­ta­tion mech­a­nism through ex­change of in­for­mat ion, t r a i ni ng a nd c apacit y build­ing pro­gramme, etc. in the sphere of coun­tert­er­ror­ism.

Naren­dra Modi with Ital­ian PM Paulo Gen­tiloni

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