India-UK NSA Meet: Britain’s NSA Tim Barrow, NSA Ajit Doval raised this issue when he visited India…

India-UK NSA Meet: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday called upon his British counterpart Sir Tim Barrow to take strong public action, such as deportation, against extremist elements threatening Indian High Commission officials in the UK.

Official sources gave this information. Doval raised the issue during wide-ranging talks with Barrow, who is on a visit to India. Both the NSAs interacted with each other which was followed by delegation level talks.

Pro-Khalistan groups have released posters inciting violence against senior Indian diplomats in the UK as well as in the US, Canada and Australia, over which India has expressed concern. India has already asked all these countries to ensure the security of Indian diplomats and its missions.

The two sides discussed a wide-ranging bilateral, regional and global issues during which the two countries also agreed to work together to combat terrorism and extremism. Both the NSAs also resolved to deepen mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in critical and emerging technologies.

The Indian side raised the issue of threats to Indian High Commission officials in the UK by extremist elements and urged the British government to take strong public action against these elements, such as deportation or prosecution, a source said.

Sources said both sides agreed to enhance cooperation to combat violent extremism and radicalism as violent extremism and radicalism cannot be justified in a democracy. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday said the safety of Indian diplomats and security of Indian missions is a top priority for the government and New Delhi has taken up the issue with the countries concerned.

He said, it is our expectation that no place should be given to terrorist, extremist elements in the name of freedom of expression. UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Thursday that any direct attack on the Indian High Commission in London was completely unacceptable.

On the Doval-Barrow talks, sources said both sides agreed to deepen cooperation against terrorism and terror financing. Both the NSAs also resolved to expand mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in critical and emerging technologies.

The two sides agreed to work together on countering terrorism, countering terror financing, use of internet for purposes of terrorism, illegal drug trafficking and countering radicalisation, the source said. During the visit Barrow is also scheduled to meet other senior government officials.
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