India and Japan held the sixth meeting of the Joint Working Group on counter-terrorism. Ministry of External Affairs said, that during the meeting held yesterday, both countries exchanged views on the terrorist threats in their respective regions. They also discussed state-sponsored cross-border terrorism in South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East, as well as terror activities in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region.

The Ministry said that two sides assessed counter-terrorism challenges, including the use of new and emerging technologies by terrorists, misuse of the internet for terrorist purposes, radicalisation and terror financing. Countering terror financing, organised crime and narco-terror networks were also featured in the discussions. Both sides emphasised the importance of strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation through the exchange of information, capacity building, training programmes and exercises, and cooperation at the multilateral fora, such as the UN, FATF and QUAD.

The Indian delegation was led by Mr. K.D. Dewal, Joint Secretary (CT) of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, and the Japanese delegation by Ambassador Hiroyuki Minami, in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime.