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India-Australia forms Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism: Details, Aim



India-Australia forms Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism: Details, Aim, Significance

The 11th meeting of the joint working group on counter-terrorism between India and Australia held at Canberra, Australia on 4th May 2019. 

Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism) led Indian delegation while Paul Foley, Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism led Australian delegation for the meeting.

The objective of this meeting is to discuss the counter-terrorism challenges which both countries are facing such as financing of terrorism, the use of the internet for terror purposes, radicalization and foreign terrorist fighters.

The Joint Working Group also agreed to further deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through mutual capacity building efforts, regular exchange of information, mutual legal assistance, regular exchange of information, sharing of best practices on counter-terrorism and radicalization.

Indian delegation thanked Australia for co-sponsoring the listing proposal of Masood Azhar along with United States, United Kingdom, France and other friendly countries. The two sides also embrace the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Sanctions Committee.

Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism) also pay a visit to Mr. Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary (International Security), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia.

India and Australian sides have agreed to hold the next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism in India at a mutually convenient date.


Capital: Canberra

Largest City: Sydney

Currency: Australian Dollar

National Language: English

Monarch: Elizabeth II

Prime Minister: Scott Morrison


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