Neighbours sponsoring terrorism: India tells Australia

 In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India on Wednesday conveyed to Australia that some neighbouring countries were sponsoring terrorism and favoured global efforts to curb terror financing.

PTI| Updated: Sep 02, 2015, 20:57 PM IST

New Delhi: In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India on Wednesday conveyed to Australia that some neighbouring countries were sponsoring terrorism and favoured global efforts to curb terror financing.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju discussed with visiting Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews intelligence-sharing, combating international terrorism, cyber security and better working relations for border and maritime security.

Rijiju raised the issue of sponsored-terrorism by some neighbouring countries and global efforts to curtail terror funding, an official release said.

The Australian Minister discussed the situation in the Middle-East and Afghanistan and expressed his concern. They also agreed on enhanced co-operation in areas of mutual interest of both the countries.

They also touched upon the issues of stability of Asia Pacific region, security of sea lanes of communication.

The two leaders discussed the follow-up of the financial action task force in Brisbane, Australia, in June 2015 and addressed deficiencies in implementation of the recommendations with regard to terror financing.

Andrews and Rijiju underscored the growing depth of the Australia-India strategic partnership and building on convergence of interests, shared values and common democratic institutions in today's meeting.

The Australian Defence Minister is attending the Second Australia-India Defence Minister's dialogue here. The Australian delegation included the High Commissioner and Defence Attaches of Australia in India.

Both the countries agreed to further enhance bilateral assistance in the areas of mutual cooperation and extend the cooperation to newer areas.