Press Release of the Second Meeting of Sino-Indian Dialogue Mechanism on Counter-terrorism
2003/06/13
The second meeting of Sino-Indian dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism was held in Beijing on 13 June 2003. The Indian delegation was led by Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Joint Secretary (East Asia), Ministry of External Affairs. The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Zhang Jun, Acting Director General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegates of two sides included representatives from the concerned ministries. The two delegations recalled that the regular counter-terrorism dialogue mechanism was established in January 2002 and the first meeting was held in India in April 2002.

The two sides exchanged views on the international and regional counter-terrorism situation, Sino-Indian cooperation on counter-terrorism, role of the United Nations in combating global terrorism, and enhancing counter-terrorism capabilities. Both sides stressed the important role of the United Nations in the international counter-terrorism cooperation and expressed their willingness and readiness to strengthen cooperation bilaterally and multilaterally. Both sides agreed to hold the third meeting in India in the first half of 2004.

H.E. Mr. Shen Guofang, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also received the Indian delegation. Mr. Shen underlined the importance of enhancing bilateral relations and made a positive appraisal of bilateral counter-terrorism dialogue, which would contribute to further development of cooperation between the two countries. He concluded that the dialogue would also help prepare for the forthcoming official visit to China by H.E. Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India.


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