Published On: Sun, Jun 9th, 2019

State sponsored terrorism biggest threat before world: PM Modi

Male: Assuring that India will remain a “dependable, strong and leading partner” in progress of Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made veiled attack on Pakistan saying state sponsorship of terrorism was the biggest threat before the world.

Terrorism is the biggest challenge not only for a country or a region but the entire world

He called for a global conference against terrorism to discuss ways to end loopholes that are exploited by terrorists for their nefarious designs.

The first visit by Modi to the South Asian archipelago nation in his new term was marked by rich symbolism on both sides.

Modi became the only the second foreign Head of State or Government to address the People’s Majlis (parliament) in its 86 year history. He was conferred Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen – the highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries by Maldives.

His speech to the Maldives parliament was his first speech on a foreign soil since his re-election. Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammad Solih held delegation level talks and jointly inaugurated composite training centre and coastal surveillance radar system.

Modi said dealing with terrorism and radicalisation was the biggest challenge for global leaders.

“Terrorism is the biggest challenge not only for a country or a region but the entire world. No day goes when terrorists do not strike. They do not have bank accounts but still they have no dearth of money. Where do they get this money from, who gives them. State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat,” Modi said.

He said a mistake was being made by making a distinction between a good terrorist and a bad terrorist. “This is an artificial divide. It has broken all barriers. All forces who believe in humanity, should come together. Dealing with terror and radicalisation is the biggest challenge for global leadership,” Modi said.

In his speech at People’s Majlis, for which he later received standing ovation from the members, Modi shared his views on Indo-Pacific, saying it was “our lifeline, trade route and key to our future” and there was need for all countries to work together for “openness, integration and balance” as it will increase trust.

He said rules-based order will help preserve multilateralism.

China has been seeking more influence in the Indian Ocean region and has invested in infrastructure projects in Maldives.

Amid reports concerning China’s “debt trap”, Modi said India’s partnership is to empower people and not to weaken them or to increase their dependency or to put burden of debt on the coming generations.

Modi said 50 per cent of world population lives in the Indo-Pacific and he had outlined SAGAR (security and growth for all in the region) as blueprint for cooperation in Indo-Pacific.

India, he said, will use its resources also for developing capacities of other countries and in dealing with disasters.

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