India, Russia to join forces against terrorism

India, Russia to join forces against terrorism

SAM Staff,
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India’s home minister Rajnath Singh

India’s home minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit Russia November 27 onwards, during which a pact on cooperation in tackling all forms of terrorism will be signed, a senior Home Ministry official said.

Singh will discuss how to strengthen cooperation in tackling organised crime, smuggling of narcotics, fake currency notes and cyber crime, the official said.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for the signing of the agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism and organised crime.

India and Russia have a long history of close cooperation in international fora on matters of mutual interest.

The proposed pact, which will replace the agreement of October 1993, is a step towards consolidating the benefits accrued in the field of security and seeks to jointly fight the new and evolving risks and threats.

The agreement would reinforce the relationship through exchange and sharing of information, expertise, best practices and would help in curbing terrorism and enhancing security in the region, it said.

The Home Minister will be holding discussions with Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister for Internal Affairs, and other senior leadership.

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