Meeting of India-France Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism

​Apr 16: The 16th Meeting of the India-France Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism was held in New Delhi on 15 April 2024. The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (CT), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Mr. K.D. Dewal, and the French delegation, by H.E. Ambassador Olivier Caron, Special Envoy for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime.

Both sides exchanged views on the terrorist threats in their respective regions, including State-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, besides terror activities in the Af-Pak region.

The two sides assessed counter-terrorism challenges, including the use of new and emerging technologies by terrorists, misuse of the internet for terrorist purposes, radicalization, and terror financing. Anti-India separatist activities, countering terror financing, organized crime, and narco-terror networks also featured in the discussions. The Indian side presented its viewpoints on NMFT and FATF, which led to an exchange of respective positions by the two sides.

Both sides emphasized the importance of strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation through exchanging information, capacity building, training programs & exercises, and cooperation at the multilateral fora, such as the UN, FATF, and NMFT.

The two sides agreed to hold the 17th Meeting of JWG on CT in France on a mutually convenient date.

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