Britain on Monday joined India in asking Pakistan to act against terrorists who perpetrated the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terror attacks, and reaffirmed its commitment to back India’s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
In a joint statement after their meeting here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting British Premier Theresa May “reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the 2016 Pathankot attack to justice”.
May reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to a reformed United Nations Security Council, with India as a permanent member, as well as for an enhanced role for India within the United Nations system.
She said the UK also “continues to be a strong advocate” of an early Indian membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as well as membership of other key Export Control Regimes.
The two leaders called for the adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and laid emphasis on working together on a contemporary and forward-looking global partnership to promote peace, security and prosperity.
May strongly condemned the September 18 terror attack on the Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the statement.
“The two leaders strongly affirmed that terrorism is a serious threat to humanity and reiterated strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They stressed there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever — agreeing that there should be zero tolerance against terrorism,” said the statement.
Both countries agreed on collaboration to reduce the threat from extremists’ use of the internet, including sharing the best practices to reduce online radicalisation and recruitment attempts.
They affirmed the fight against terrorism should not only seek to disrupt and bring to justice the terrorists, their organisations and networks, but should also identify and hold accountable and take strong measures against all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups, and falsely extol their virtues.