Paris: India and France have called upon all countries to work together for rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing channels.
In a joint statement after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, both the countries called for "halting cross-border movement of terrorists" belonging to Al Qaeda, Daesh/ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayabba, and their affiliates as well as terrorist groups threatening peace and security in South Asia and the Sahel region.
"Both the leaders agreed to work for early convening of the Global Conference, proposed by India, to tackle the threat of terrorism around the world," the Joint Statement said.
Prime Minister Modi has first mooted the proposal for a Global Conference on Terror during his a visit to the Maldives in June this year after his re-election to power.
The two leaders, in addition to pursuing the excellent cooperation between the nodal agencies and the investigation agencies of the two countries, agreed to enhance their operational cooperation and launch fresh efforts to prevent and fight radicalization, especially Online Radicalization.
The Joint Statement further said - "The two leaders reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist online content adopted in Paris last May 15".
They agreed to strengthen 'counter-terrorism efforts' in Multilateral Fora such as UN, GCTF, FATF, G20, etc. They called upon all UN member countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities.
"The leaders also agreed to work together on early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the UN."
Both Mr. Modi and Mr. Macron 'reiterated' their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including cross-border terrorism and terror-related incidents in France and India.
"Both leaders reaffirmed that terrorism cannot be justified on any grounds whatsoever and it should not be associated with any religion, creed, nationality, and ethnicity," the Joint Statement said.
Recalling the joint statement on terrorism adopted by the two countries in January 2016, the two leaders reaffirmed their strong determination to eliminate terrorism wherever it is to be found and urged the international community to strengthen the efforts to counter and prevent terrorist financing.
PM Modi and President Macron called upon all UN member countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 2462 on Fighting Terrorist Financing adopted last March 28 and welcomed the organization in Melbourne on November 7-8 of a new "No Money for Terror" International Conference on Fighting Terrorist Financing.