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Russia, India Close Together On Anti-terror Crusade: Deputy Foreign Minister

Russia and India are determined to stay close partners against terrorist and extremist ideologies, and against drug traffic from the Taliban-controlled part of Afghanistan, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Russia's First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said to RIA Novosti following negotiations on the Indian top. He had met at the negotiation table with Jaswant Singh, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Lal Krishna Advani, Minister of the Interior; and Brajesh Mishra, governmental National security Adviser. The Russian diplomat co-chaired an extraordinary session of the Russo-Indian ad hoc team for the Afghan issue. As the session says in a final statement, the Parties agree that the Afghan peace and stability cause demands a broad-based independent government with all ethnic entities proportionally represented. The new government must not be a source of extremism and fundamentalism. Meanwhile, whatever broad-based multiethnic government may be established in Afghanistan, it will meet a formidable challenge from the Taliban movement, with its ideology of violence and extremism, and encouragement of terrorism and drug traffic, stresses the statement. Russia and India appealed to the United Nations' General Assembly to draft and adopt as soon as possible a comprehensive convention on efforts against international terrorism, and an international covenant on efforts against nuclear terror acts. The two countries also called to promote entry into force of an international convention for efforts against terrorist financing, and to work for global compliance with it. The ad hoc team will meet for a next session in Moscow, January 2002.

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