Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

India-Japan joint statement names Pakistan-based terror groups LeT, JeM

Gandhinagar: India and Japan on Thursday urged Pakistan to bring to justice terrorists who masterminded the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai and the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot in Punjab in 2016.

Modi and Abe condemned in the “strongest terms” the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism

A joint statement released after talks between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe called on “Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks including those of the terrorist attack in Mumbai and the terrorist attack in Pathankot”.

The two leaders also agreed to strengthen India-Japan cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and their affiliates.

“PM (Narendra Modi and PM (Shinzo) Abe look forward to convening (the) 5th Japan-India consultation on terrorism and to strengthen cooperation against terrorists threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, JeM, LeT and their affiliates,” said the two countries in a joint statement at the end of Abe’s 2-day visit to India.

Modi and Abe condemned in the “strongest terms” the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism, their statement added.

“They shared the view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is a global scourge that must be forcefully combated through concerted global action in the spirit of ‘zero tolerance’,” the joint document said

Modi and Abe called upon all UN member countries to implement UNSC resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions dealing with the designation of terrorist entities, the statement said.

Modi and Abe reiterated their support for each other country’s candidature in the UN Security Council “based on the firmly shared recognition that India and Japan are legitimate candidates for permanent membership in an expanded Security Council”.

In an oblique criticism of the China-sponsored CPEC, the joint statement underlined the use of connectivity and infrastructure in an open, transparent and non-exclusive manner while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries.

India has opposed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it passes through the part of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan.


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