The United States has offered India its expertise in strengthening counter-terrorism institutional structures and the two countries are soon expected to sign a mutual legal assistance treaty, a joint statement issued by the two countries said.
The third US-India Counter-Terrorism Working Group meet yesterday at the State Department in Washington expressed concern at the growing menace of international terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking.
"The two sides unequivocally condemned all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomever committed, and whatever the considerations that may be invoked to justify them," it said.
The Indian delegation was headed by Joint Secretary Jayant Prasad of the Ministry of External Affairs. Both delegations included an inter-agency group of counter-terrorism and law enforcement officials.
The two sides decided to continue consultations on the India-proposed Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism being discussed in the Sixth Committee of the U.N. General Assembly and reiterated support for its early finalisation.
The Indian Government accepted a U.S. offer for a seminar to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorist threats later this year. Inter-agency teams from the two countries decided to enhance exchange of information and strengthen coordination of approaches and actions in combating international terrorism.