The 11th India-European Union Counter-Terrorism Dialogue was held at Brussels, Belgium on 12th November 2018. The Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism at the Ministry of External Affairs of India, while the European Union’s delegation was led by Pawel Herczynski, Director for Security Policy, European External Action Service.
Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and emphasized the need for strengthening international cooperation to combat terrorism in a comprehensive and sustained manner. They reviewed threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective regions including cross border terrorism in the South Asian region. They exchanged views on current counterterrorism challenges including countering radicalization and violent extremism, combating financing of terrorism and tackling the terrorist use of internet and agreed to strengthen cooperation in dealing with these challenges.
Both sides discussed ways to deepen institutional linkages between Indian Agencies and their European counterparts including Europol for closer interaction, cooperation and information sharing in the sphere of counter-terrorism. They also discussed counter-terrorism cooperation in multilateral fora such as UN, GCTF and FATF.
The next India-European Union Counter-Terrorism Dialogue will take place in New Delhi in 2019 on a mutually convenient date.