India Gets Italy Backing onCross-borderTerrorism
Prime Minister Modi and his counterpart Paulo Gentiloni vow to act against Al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates
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