Cabinet okays India-Russia anti-terror agreement

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for signing an agreement with Russia on combating all forms of terrorism and organised crime. According to an official statement, the new agreement is proposed to be signed during the visit of an Indian delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Russia from November 27 to 29.

Stating that India and Russia had a long history of close cooperation in international fora on matters of mutual interest, it said that with the rise in terrorism and organised crime, it was imperative for countries to work together.

“The proposed agreement, which will replace the agreement of October 1993, is a step towards consolidating the benefits accrued in the field of security and seeks to jointly fight the new and evolving risks and threats,” the statement said.

“The agreement would reinforce the relationship between India and Russia through exchange and sharing of information, expertise, best practices and help in curbing terrorism and enhancing, security in the region,” it added.