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Press Statement
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 26, 2001

Joint U.S.-India Statement on Counterterrorism Working Group

In January 2000, the United States and India announced the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism.

The third meeting of the U.S.-India Counterterrorism Working Group was held today in Washington, D.C. Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Edmund Hull, hosted the meeting at the Department of State. The Indian delegation was headed by Joint Secretary Jayant Prasad of the Ministry of External Affairs. Both delegations included an interagency group of counterterrorism and law enforcement officials.

The two sides expressed concern at the growing menace of international terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking. The two sides unequivocally condemned all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomever committed, and whatever the considerations that may be invoked to justify them.

Both sides agreed that the policies of the Taliban continue to foster terrorism that threatens the interest of both countries, as well as regional and international stability. They affirmed their support for United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1333 imposed on the Taliban for supporting terrorism, harboring Usama bin Ladin and failing to close down terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. They agreed on the critical importance of the effective implementation of these resolutions, including through an appropriate monitoring mechanism. In addition, the two sides continued consultations on the India-proposed Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism being discussed in the Sixth Committee of the UNGA, and reiterated support for its early finalization.

The Indian side welcomed the U.S. decision to qualitatively upgrade and widen the scope of the Antiterrorism Training Assistance Program, in connection with which the two sides agreed to hold a joint survey later this year. The Indian side welcomed the U.S. offer to share experience and expertise in strengthening counterterrorism institutional structures in India. The Indian government accepted a U.S. offer for a seminar to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorist threats later this year. Interagency teams from the two countries decided to enhance exchange of information and strengthen coordination of approaches and actions in combating international terrorism.

The two sides welcomed the fact that their two governments had reached ad referendum agreement on the text of a mutual legal assistance treaty, and agreed to recommend to their respective governments that the treaty be signed as soon as possible.

The next meeting of the U.S.-India Counterterrorism Working Group will be held in New Delhi on mutually agreed dates.

Released on June 26, 2001

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