India, Russia agree to strengthen multilateral cooperation to combat organized crime, terrorist financing and drug trafficking

Moscow: Russia reiterates steadfast support for India’s permanent membership of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council

BY | Wednesday, 10 July, 2024

India and Russia have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening multilateral cooperation in the field of combating transnational organized crime, countering money laundering, terrorist financing and drug trafficking. This was agreed during the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit in Moscow, Russia on 9th July 2024.

During the meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin “unequivocally condemned terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the cross-border movement of terrorists, and terrorism financing networks and safe havens”, the joint statement said. Calling for zero tolerance for terrorism the leaders noted the importance of increasing cooperation in this area and “expeditious finalization and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN framework as well as implementation of the UNGA and the UNSC resolutions on countering terrorism and violent extremism, conducive to terrorism.”

The joint statement also said that the leaders reiterated that terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group and that all those involved in terrorist activities and their supporters must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with international law.

India and Russia also noted the imperative of peaceful resolution of the conflict around Ukraine through dialogue and diplomacy including engagement between both parties. They acknowledged relevant proposals of mediation and good offices aimed at peaceful resolution of the conflict in accordance with international law and on the basis of the UN Charter in its entirety and totality.

Further, the Sides expressed deep concern on the situation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Gaza and called for the effective implementation of the relevant UNGA resolutions and UNSC resolution 2720 and for immediate safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance at scale directly to the Palestinian civilian population throughout the Gaza Strip. They also called for a lasting sustainable ceasefire and for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages as well as humanitarian access to address their medical and other humanitarian needs.

Moreover, Modi and Putin reaffirmed their support for Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations and reiterated their unwavering commitment to the principle of the two-state solution according to internationally accepted basis.

Meanwhile, Russia reiterated its steadfast support for India’s permanent membership of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council.

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