US, Russia hold counterterrorism dialogue in Vienna, discuss trends in FTFs movements

WASHINGTON, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan participated Monday in the second high-level US-Russia Counterterrorism Dialogue in Vienna, Austria with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for counterterrorism Oleg Syromolotov during which the two sides discussed “trends in the movements of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs)”.

The State Department said in a statement that Sullivan emphasized to Russia that the dialogue “must achieve concrete results to benefit US national security and advance mutual interests by enhancing reciprocal information sharing”.

He also stressed “the need for countries of origin to repatriate, rehabilitate, and, as appropriate, prosecute FTFs and accompanying family members”.

Furthermore, Sullivan “recognized Russia’s support of the designation of (IS)-Khorasan at the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Committee in May,” and emphasized “pursuing further sanctions against (IS) affiliates at the UN, continuing work to cut off the financing of terrorists”.

The US official also urged Russia “to support US efforts to develop an International Civil Aviation Organization standard on the use of passenger name record information to prevent terrorists from threatening commercial aviation”.

Meanwhile, the US welcomed Russia’s co-sponsorship of a Global Counterterrorism Forum event on FTF and family repatriation at the upcoming UNGA, together with the US, Morocco and North Macedonia.

Separately, Sullivan “pressed” issues of bilateral concern with Syromolotov, including “election security and Ukraine”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency