In a statement issued on Monday (Dec 2), Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal has categorically rejected the reference to Pakistan in the Japan-India Joint Statement issued in New Delhi on 30th November this year. He said that this reference is gratuitous and completely unwarranted.
He said India’s animus towards Pakistan and its smear campaign in the context of alleged “cross-border terrorism” are well-known to the world. The Spokesperson said among other things, these are part of a long-standing design to divert the world’s attention from India’s illegal actions and gross and systematic violations of human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said India’s relentless attempts to politicize the FATF proceedings are also in the knowledge of the international community, including the broader FATF membership.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister of Defense of Japan KONO Taro, External Affairs Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister of India Rajnath Singh met in New Delhi for the first Japan-India 2+2 on Nov. 30, according to the joint statement.
In a foreign and defence ministerial dialogue, the two countries had referred to the “threat posed to regional security by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan and called upon it to take resolute and irreversible action against them and fully comply with international commitments including to FATF”.
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