India and Tajikistan on Saturday decided to step up defence cooperation and signed an agreement to share financial intelligence to counter money laundering and financing of terrorism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held bilateral talks with visiting Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, said that India and Tajikistan live in an extended neighbourhood that continues to face multiple security challenges. “The threat from terrorism endangers not just our two countries. It casts a long shadow of violence and instability over the entire region,” the Prime Minister added.
At the joint press meet, Rahmon said that “terrorism and extremism undermine all developmental efforts worldwide”, and the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation on “mutually agreed priorities”.
After their bilateral talks, Modi said that they assessed the broad progress achieved under different pillars of bilateral engagement, including their partnership in defence and security.
Combating terrorism has, therefore, been an important area of cooperative engagement between the two countries, the PM said. “We appreciate Tajikistan’s role in the Central Asian region as a mainstay against forces of extremism, radicalism, and terrorism. President Rahmon and I agreed today to strengthen action on this front based on mutually agreed priorities,” he added.
This, he said, will be done on multiple levels — through reinforcing overall bilateral security cooperation, greater training, capacity building and information exchanges and active coordination in regional and multilateral contexts.
A joint statement said that the two leaders discussed situation in the region and stressed that terrorism and extremism seriously threaten peace, stability and progress of all countries.
“The two leaders agreed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be eliminated without any distinction between good and bad terrorists and called for an end to sponsorship, support and provision of safe havens and sanctuaries to terrorists,” the statement said.