LONDON, April 18 - India and Britain on Wednesday condemned terrorism in all its forms and agreed to strengthen cooperation to take �decisive and concerted actions� against globally-proscribed terrorists and terror entities while naming Pakistan-based terror outfits following talks between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Theresa May of Britain.
In a significant move, the two sides also agreed to work together for an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
At the breakfast meeting between Modi and May at her 10 Downing Street residence, the two leaders discussed their shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific and committed to working more closely together to ensure it remained free and open.
�They reflected on the progress made on bilateral defence and security cooperation since (May�s) visit to India in 2016 and the agreement on a number of defence capability partnerships in key strategic areas, with closer military-to-military ties underpinned by a succession of high level visits and exchanges,� a Downing Street spokesperson said.
�They agreed to continue working together closely to combat terrorism, radicalisation and online extremism.�
A joint statement issued following the meeting said the two leaders reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms, including terrorism and terror-related incidents in both India and Britain.
�Both leaders also affirmed that terrorism cannot be justified on any grounds whatsoever it may be and it should not be associated with any religion, creed, nationality and ethnicity,� the statement said..
It said that both leaders agreed that terrorist and extremist organisations need to be denied space to radicalise, recruit and conduct attacks on innocent people; for this all countries need to work together to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement of terrorists including foreign terrorists.
�The leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally-proscribed terrorists and terror entities to protect our citizens, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, ISIS (Islamic State) and their affiliates as well as tackling the online radicalisation and violent extremism which feeds this,� the statement said.
It also said that a secure, free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific was in the interests of India, Britain and the international community.
�The UK and India will also work together to tackle threats such as piracy, protect freedom of navigation and open access, and improve maritime domain awareness in the region,� it stated.
This assumes significance given China�s aggression in the South China Sea and attempts to increase its footprints in the Indo-Pacific region.
India, along with the US, Japan and Australia, recently revived a quad in the Indo-Pacific.
The Downing Street spokesperson also said that May updated Modi on the progress of Britain�s withdrawal from the European Union, �saying the implementation period agreed in March gives Indian companies and investors the confidence that market access will continue on current terms until the end of 2020�.
�Prime Minister Modi said there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India post-Brexit,� the spokesperson said.
�He said the City of London was of great importance to India for accessing the global markets and would remain so.� � IANS