India, EU to strengthen collaboration to counter terrorism

New Delhi (NVI): To further strengthen collaboration between both sides to counter terrorism and radicalisation and violent extremism, the 2nd regional EU-India Counter Terrorism workshop on “Investigating ISIS networks” was organised here.

The two-day workshop, which concluded today was organised by the European Union (EU) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Inaugurating the workshop, Ambassador of the European Union to India, Ugo Astuto, said, “This workshop is a clear testimony that counter terrorism cooperation between the EU and India is robust. Concrete cooperation between the EU and India law enforcement agencies will build capacities on both sides and help jointly tackle terrorism and radicalization, a necessity in today’s world.”

Commending EU-India counter terrorism cooperation, Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Yogesh Chander Modi, emphasised that “There are no boundaries for terrorism. We often find an international connection to terror outfits and their activities, making global cooperation a necessity to tackle terrorism and radicalization”.

“This sharing of experiences is vital for the law enforcement agencies to stay abreast of the tools and techniques employed by these terror outfits across the world, so as to be able to better tackle terrorist threats,” he added.

Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, said, “In the fight against terrorism, international and multilateral coordination is an absolute necessity. The EU and India cooperation on security matters is already quite substantial and will assume a new dimension going forward, in various areas such as peacekeeping, maritime security, cyber-security and combating cybercrime, and of course counter-terrorism. This workshop demonstrates the added-value of the EU and India in working together towards regional security.”

Participants also deliberated on methods adopted by terror outfits for radicalisation and recruitment, especially through online platforms, policing strategies for countering extremism and radicalization, identifying, preventing and countering online extremist materials and their sources, and investigating and countering ISIS terror networks.

The two day workshop was part of the EU and India efforts, to further strengthen collaboration between both sides to counter terrorism and radicalization, following the mandate which was agreed at the 2017 India-EU summit.

Besides, NIA, representatives from several state police forces like Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and national agencies, the NSG, participated in the workshop. European participants represented Europol (the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) as well as law enforcement agencies from France and Spain.