India, Russia sign pact against terror

India, Russia sign pact against terror

India and Russia on Monday signed agreements to counter terrorism and narcotics trade during Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's Moscow visit.

The agreement for cooperation in tackling all forms of terrorism was signed by Singh and Russia's Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev in Moscow after they held wide-ranging talks.

"The new agreement between India's MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and Russia's Interior Ministry will replace the October 1993 agreement between both the countries. This agreement will help in expanding and deepening cooperation on issues related to internal security," Singh tweeted after signing the agreement.

The agreement on internal security is an updated and more comprehensive pact on cooperation on security. This provides a comprehensive approach for help in security-related issues, including cyber crimes, counterfeiting currency, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, human trafficking, economic crime and crime related to intellectual property among others.

Another agreement on cooperation between the MHA and the Ministry of Interior of Russian Federation has been signed by representatives of both the countries to tackle narcotics trade. The joint action plan for countering the threat posed by narcotics will provide legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field.

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