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India, Oz discuss ways to curb financial crime, terror

New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) In their first meeting of the Joint Steering Committee, India and Australia discussed the scope for cooperation in counter-terrorism and checking extremism and radicalization here.

Besides, they also discussed the steps to check illegal financial transactions, counterfeiting, cybercrimes and issues related to human trafficking and people smuggling, combating illegal drug trafficking and sharing information between the law enforcement agencies were also discussed.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to pursue further the agenda for cooperation in specific areas with meetings of operational Joint Working Groups involving concerned agencies.
Additional Secretary, Home TVSN Prasad, and his Australian counterpart Stephen Bouwhuis, led the respective delegations here in the Ministry of the Home Affairs.

This was a follow-up to the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime exchanged between the two sides during the visit of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul to New Delhi in April this year and his talks with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.