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Here Are The Highlights From India-Australia’s 11th Meeting of The Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism

India thanked Australia for co-sponsoring the listing proposal of Masood Azhar along with the US, the UK, France and other friendly countries.

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The next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism shall be held in India at a mutually convenient date, the release said. Pixabay

India and Australia held the 11th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism at Canberra on Thursday where they deliberated upon the terrorist threats worldwide and in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism.

An External Affairs Ministry release issued on Friday said they also discussed contemporary counter-terrorism challenges such as financing of terrorism, use of internet for terror purposes, radicalisation and foreign terrorist fighters.

“The bilateral Joint Working Group deliberated upon the terrorist threats worldwide and in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism,” it said.

India has been facing problem of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.

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An External Affairs Ministry release issued on Friday said they also discussed contemporary counter-terrorism challenges such as financing of terrorism, use of internet for terror purposes, radicalisation and foreign terrorist fighters. Pixabay

Both sides welcomed the listing of Masood Azhar, leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee.

India thanked Australia for co-sponsoring the listing proposal of Masood Azhar along with the US, the UK, France and other friendly countries.

The Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism), Ministry of External Affairs, while the Australian delegation was led by Paul Foley, Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism.”

“The two sides agreed to further deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through mutual capacity-building efforts, mutual legal assistance, regular exchange of information, sharing of best practices on countering extremism and radicalisation,” the release said.

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“The bilateral Joint Working Group deliberated upon the terrorist threats worldwide and in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism,” it said. Pixabay

It said that cooperation in multilateral fora was also discussed.

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During the visit, Mahaveer Singhvi also called on Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary (International Security), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia.

The next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism shall be held in India at a mutually convenient date, the release said. (IANS)

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India Ends all Imports of Iranian Oil, Says Washington Ambassador

Trump last year pulled out of a multinational pact under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear work in return for promises of sanctions relief

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FILE - A worker walks atop a tanker wagon to check the freight level at an oil terminal on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. VOA

India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington says, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened U.S. sanctions.

India had already sharply decreased its imports from Iran and bought one million tonnes of crude in April, the last month before Washington stepped up its pressure campaign against Tehran and ended all exemptions to sanctions, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. “That’s it. After that, we haven’t imported any,” Shringla told reporters Thursday during a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory.

No Venezuela oil, either

Shringla said that energy-hungry India has also ended all imports from Venezuela because it considered itself a partner of the United States. But he said the shift had caused pain at home, with Iran formerly supplying 10 percent of India’s oil needs.

Calling Iran “an extended neighbor” of India with long-standing cultural links, Shringla declined to say whether New Delhi shared President Donald Trump’s concerns about Tehran. “This is an issue that has to be dealt with, really, between the United States and Iran. We are only, in many senses, looking at it as a third party,” Shringla said.

But he added: “We would not like to see a move towards any escalation in any way in that area, for the simple reason that we depend very heavily on stability in that part of the world.”

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FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, May 8, 2018. VOA

Trump last year pulled out of a multinational pact under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear work in return for promises of sanctions relief.

The Trump administration has instead ramped up economic pressure on Iran and recently deployed military assets, including an aircraft carrier strike group, to the area.
The United States as of May 2 ended exemptions it had given to eight governments from its unilateral order to stop buying Iranian oil.

Turkey stops imports

Turkey, which enjoyed a waiver and vocally disagreed with the U.S. policy, has also stopped importing oil from Iran, a Turkish official said this week. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus welcomed the news from Turkey.

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“We want the whole world to comply with these sanctions, and we’re grateful for our partners and allies that are respecting them,” she told reporters. The Indian ambassador, however, voiced confidence that U.S. sanctions would not affect its partnership in developing Iran’s Chabahar port.

India wants to use the port to ship supplies into Afghanistan in a detour from its archrival Pakistan, which historically backed the Taliban. “I think it is in the interest of both our countries and all others concerned to ensure that that lifeline continues for the people of Afghanistan,” Shringla said. (VOA)