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First Meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism

February 25, 2005

The first meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism was held in New Delhi on February 25, 2005 back to back with the 2nd meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission.

This meeting was held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Combating International Terrorism signed between India and Indonesia on July 2, 2004. The MoU provides for cooperation in preventing and combating international terrorism and other related transnational organised criminal activities.

The Indian delegation was led by Ms. Meera Shankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and the Indonesian delegation was led by Ambassador Rhousdy Surjaatmadja of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The two delegations comprised of representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs as well as other relevant Ministries and agencies.

The delegations exchanged views on the security situation in their region. Both sides reaffirmed their unequivocal condemnation of all acts of terrorism. They agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism including through exchange of information and intelligence, capacity building and mutual legal cooperation. Discussions were also held on the issue of maritime security in the region and both sides agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation in this sphere.

New Delhi

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