Singapore: The 4th Meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Combating Terrorism and Transnational Crime between India and Singapore was held in Singapore from 18-19 May, where the two nations condemned terrorism under all its forms.
Mahaveer Singhvi, Co-Secretary for Counter-Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Puah Kok Keong, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore co-chaired the meeting, read a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As strategic partners, India and Singapore have strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terrorism, and stressed the need for enhanced international cooperation to combat terrorism comprehensively, reads the press release.
The JWG also stressed that all countries must take immediate and sustained action to ensure that no territory under their control is used for terrorist attacks against others and agreed on the need to bring perpetrators of these terrorist attacks.
The JWG discussed contemporary challenges in the fight against terrorism, including cross-border movements of terrorists, countering radicalization, countering the financing of terrorism, and countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.
The JWG also exchanged views on national, regional and global terrorist threat assessments, cybercrime, drug trafficking and the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorism.
He agreed to strengthen cooperation between Singapore and India to address these challenges. The JWG also exchanged views on deepening cooperation in multilateral fora such as the UN, ASEAN and FATF.
India and Singapore pledged to enhance cooperation and collaboration between their respective agencies, particularly in the area of sharing information and best practices, law enforcement and capacity building to combat terrorism and transnational crimes, the MEA said in a statement.