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Joint Statement of the 20th Joint U.S.-India Counterterrorism Working Group – United States Department of State

The following is the text of a joint statement by the Governments of the United States and India at the 20th Meeting of the U.S.-India Joint Counterterrorism Working Group and the 6th Designation Dialogue, March 5, 2024, in Washington, DC

The United States and India held the 20th Meeting of the U.S.-India Joint Counterterrorism Working Group and the 6th Designation Dialogue on March 5, 2024 in Washington, DC. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard, Counterterrorism Coordinator at the State Department, and Ambassador KD Dewal, Joint Secretary for Counterterrorism at the State Department, led their respective interagency delegations.

The United States and India emphasized the exceptional value and durability of the U.S.-India comprehensive global and strategic partnership and renewed their commitment to combating terrorism and promoting regional security as an integral part of their broader bilateral cooperation. Both sides reiterated that terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security. Combating terrorism remains an important element in ensuring prosperity and peace for Americans, Indians and global citizens.

The participation of delegates from various ministries and agencies from both countries made it clear that the United States and India recognize that combating terrorism requires an integrative and holistic approach. This approach depends on bilateral coordination between our agencies to ensure productive exchanges of information and promote security, stability and growth in both countries and throughout the region.

The United States and India examined emerging threats and tactics in terrorism, including the use of the Internet and new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, the international movement of terrorists, the recruitment of terrorists, the financing of terrorist activities, and radicalization to violence and violent extremism . Both sides committed to sharing information, building capacity and continuing bilateral and multilateral efforts to address these threats.

The United States and India demanded that the perpetrators of the November 26 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Pathankot be brought to justice. They also called for concerted action against all terrorist groups, including groups banned by the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee 1267, such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM ).

Both sides committed to strengthening law enforcement and judicial partnerships to support the rule of law, including through information sharing and enhanced cooperation on requests for legal assistance.

Both sides also exchanged information on priorities and procedures for designating various terrorist entities/groups and individuals.

The United States and India reaffirmed their commitment to working together in the Quad Counterterrorism Working Group and other multilateral forums and processes such as the United Nations, the Global Counterterrorism Forum and the Financial Action Task Force to advance shared security interests in the region while promoting a free and secure world to support an open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.

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