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India-US meeting: terrorists should not make safe havens in Afghanistan

India-US meeting:  Indian and US officials at the conclusion of their joint talks on combating terrorism asked the Taliban to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a safe terror haven. Reaffirming counter-terrorism cooperation, the two sides resolved to further expand strategic cooperation on law enforcement, information sharing, and counter-terrorism challenges.

 

The US-India joint statement said during the meeting held in Washington on October 26 and 27. The US reiterated its commitment to stand with the Indian government and Indians in the fight against terrorism.

According to the joint statement. Both sides called for organized action against all terrorist groups banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Al-Qaeda, IS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed were also involvedd.

Both sides called on the Taliban, in accordance with the UNSC resolution, to never use Afghanistan’s land for attacks, terrorist shelters or plans for attacks, or financial aid to any country.

Discussion on stopping all forms of terrorism

 

Both sides resolved to continue close consultations regarding developments in Afghanistan and any potential terrorist threats that may emerge from there. In line with UNSC Resolution 2396 (2017). Officials from the two countries also discussed ways to stop the movement of terrorists.

In the meeting, Mahavir Singhvi, Joint Secretary, Counter-Terrorism in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and John T. Godfrey, Acting Coordinator of the Counter-Terrorism Ministry of External Affairs on behalf of the US, led their respective delegations.

Deal with terrorist groups misusing cyber domain: India

 

India stressed the role of member states in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in tackling hate speech on social media.

India said member countries can help combat terrorist groups using cyber domains to spread hate speech, discrimination, enmity, violence on social media. This can eliminate the effect of hatred.

India’s Permanent Mission Counselor to the UN Prateek Mathur said in the Virtual Area Formula meeting to stop the use of hate speech, discrimination, enmity, and violence on social media, ‘another aspect of the progress of advanced technology – disturbing the peace, inciting violence, and disrupting social harmony.

Information and communication technology has played an important role in transforming the world into a ‘Global Family’ by bringing social closeness. But apart from discriminatory ideas and violent bigotry. It is also use to increase terrorism, which needs to stop immediately.

The US to provide $144 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

 

The US will provide $144 million to help people facing a serious humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the aid would be provided directly to independent international and non-governmental humanitarian organizations. Include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, the World Immigration Organization, and the WHO.

Blinken said the fund will directly help more than 18 million needy people in the region. Including refugees from Afghanistan seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

With this, he said, total US humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees in Afghanistan. Where the region increased to about $474 million in 2021, the most by any nation. The foreign minister said that this humanitarian aid should benefit the people of Afghanistan and not the Taliban.

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