Saeed, Dawood, Lakhvi named terrorists in joint EU-India statement
India and the European Union (EU) have for the first time named three globally proscribed terrorists - Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. This came in a joint statement.
Saeed and Lakhvi are accused of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks while Dawood is accused of the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
The announcement was made following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting European Council President Donald Franciszek Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the 14th India-EU summit.
A separate joint statement on "cooperation in combating terrorism" said, "The leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities, including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, ISIS (Da'esh) and their affiliates."
Addressing a joint press event with the EU leaders, Modi said, "We have agreed to strengthen our security cooperation and work together against terrorism. We will not only further strengthen our bilateral cooperation on this issue, but will also increase our cooperation and coordination in multilateral fora."
Tusk said, "We have adopted a joint declaration on counter-terrorism in which we agreed to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, particularly online, and to deal effectively with the threat by foreign terrorist fighters, terrorist financing and arms supply." After the muted response to the Uri attack last year, the joint statement made amends and mentioned the "recent terror attacks in Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota, Anantnag (Amarnath Yatra), Srinagar, Paris, Brussels, Nice, London, Stockholm, Manchester, Barcelona, Turku, and other terrorist attacks".