New Delhi (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held their 9th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes (SOMTC) in a virtual form on July 20, according to the Indian Foreign Ministry.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Joint Secretary (Counter Terrorism) of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Mahaveer Singhvi, and ASEAN representative - Deputy Secretary (Policy) under the Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs, Puah Kok Keong.

During the meeting, the two sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They emphasized the need to strengthen international cooperation to combat terrorism and transnational crimes in a comprehensive and sustained manner.

They also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the areas of terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, international economic crime and cyber crime under the framework of ASEAN-India Work Plan to combat Transnational Crimes. Institutional linkages and capacity building programmes between the two sides were also tabled for consideration.

The sides agreed to hold the 10th ASEAN-India SOMTC in Indonesia in 2023./.