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India: Terrorism

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart about international terrorism. (254683)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited India on 13-15 January 2009. During his visit he met his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, where they discussed the challenge that both the UK and India face from international terrorism, and the importance of strengthening bilateral counter terrorism co-operation.

Following his subsequent visit to Islamabad on 16-17 January 2009, the Foreign Secretary outlined in a letter to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee the messages he gave to the government of Pakistan. He highlighted the need for Pakistan to take rapid, concrete action to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice and to dismantle terror networks operating on Pakistani soil.