THE BIMSTEC MEETING focuses on collaborative efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crime.

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The 10th meeting of the BIMSTEC Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime was conducted today in New Delhi. Delegates examined historic and new non-traditional security concerns in the BIMSTEC area during the conference hosted by the Indian government, according to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

According to the MEA, the delegates also discussed the implementation of the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

The delegates also reviewed institutional frameworks for CTTC cooperation, an information sharing system, and capacity building for BIMSTEC countries during the summit. The meeting’s first session was addressed by Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs.

“The meeting discussed and approved the reports of the several sub-group meetings. The delegates also discussed various aspects of implementing the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, and Illicit Drug Trafficking, which will enter into force on March 16, 2021, if all Member States ratify it “According to the MEA’s press release.

Sanjay Verma emphasised the importance of increased cooperation in capacity building, information exchange, extradition, and legal help in combating terrorism and international crimes. The meeting was presided over by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism at India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

“Under the BIMSTEC architecture, India is the lead country for the Security Pillar. The BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (JWG-CTTC) mechanism oversees the activity of six Sub-Groups on (a) Intelligence Sharing, (b) Legal and Law Enforcement, and (c) Countering Radicalization and Terrorism. (d) Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing; (e) Human Trafficking; and (f) Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, and Precursor Chemicals “According to a news statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.

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