India, Japan committed to eliminate terrorist safe havens: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar

NEW DELHI(PTI): Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have condemned all forms of terrorism and asserted their commitment to eliminate terrorist safe havens from their territories.

S Jaishankar

“The two leaders have strongly condemned terrorism in all forms, underlining that they have zero tolerance. Calling upon all countries to implement United Nations Security Council resolution 1267. Referring to the need for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and stopping cross border movement of terrorists and underlining the need for the countries to effectively deal with trans-national terrorism and eliminate from their territory,” Jaishankar told a press briefing after Prime Minister Modi signed several bilateral agreements with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Hyderabad House here.

“There is also a specific mention of bringing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks including those of November, 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice,” he added.

Expressing satisfaction at the direction of bilateral engagement, the two Prime Ministers resolved to transform the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership, a key relationship with the largest potential for growth, into a deep, broad-based and action-oriented partnership, which reflects a broad convergence of their long-term political, economic and strategic goals.

The two Prime Ministers underlined the need for closer coordination and effective communication, bilaterally and with partners, to address existing and emerging challenges in spheres of security, stability and sustainable development.

They underlined their determination to expand cooperation with other partners, to enhance connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders also assured that India and Japan will work to strengthen regional economic and security forums and coordinate their actions to tackle global challenges including the reform of the United Nations, climate change as well as terrorism.