India and China vowed to deepen cooperation in combating terrorism and fighting transnational crime as Home Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with a top Communist Party official on Sunday.
“There was lot discussion on terrorism,” Singh told the Press after his meeting with Meng. Mutual concerns relating to Pakistan and Afghanistan figured in the talks, he said.
Both nations agreed to set up a dedicated communication channel to boost security cooperation as Singh held talks with China’s security czar on issues like cross border terrorism from Pakistan and the Afghan situation.
During discussions between Singh and Meng Jianzhu, who oversees internal and external security, both sides agreed to setup an exclusive communication channel between their home ministries for speedier communication on terror-related issues.
Meng, who is head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), was also joined by State Councillor and Interior Minister Guo Shengkun. Besides Meng and Guo the meeting was attended by several vice ministers and top officials.
Guo had a lengthy meeting with Singh on Saturday during which both sides agreed to form a ministerial committee on security related issues, creating a platform for the first time to have an annual review of cooperation on terrorism, cyber security, cross border crimes and drug trafficking.
Singh said all issues relating to India’s concerns were flagged in the talks, including New Delhi’s perception that Beijing blocked its move to get the UN to take action against Pakistan for the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
In July this year, Indian officials at the UN’s Sanctions Committee said India’s demand to take action against Pakistan for the release of Lakhvi was blocked by China on the pretext that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.
China subsequently said stand was “based on facts and in the spirit of objectiveness and fairness” and expressed desire to discuss the issue with India.
“We have raised the issue and exchanged information,” Singh said.
Singh’s talks with Chinese officials also broadly covered India’s concerns over leaders of several militant groups from the northeastern states taking shelter in China as well as illegal arms supplies.
Declining to provide any details, Singh said “we have raised our concerns about North Eastern states.”
(With Inputs from News Agencies)