Narendra Modi at SCO Summit Bishkek: PM calls for international conference to combat terrorism
PM Modi at SCO Summit Bishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at countries "sponsoring, aiding and funding" terrorism.
PM Modi at SCO Summit Bishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at countries "sponsoring, aiding and funding" terrorism. In a veiled reference to Pakistan whose premier Imran Khan was among the audience, PM Modi told top leaders at SCO Summit in Bishkek that such states must be held accountable. In a first, PM Modi also called for a global conference to combat the scourge of terrorism. The prime minister highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against
"Countries responsible for aiding, supporting and providing financial assistance to terrorists should be held accountable. SCO members should also effectively explore the capacity of SCO-RATS to eliminate terrorism. India calls for an international conference to combat terrorism," PM Modi said.
PM Modi recalled the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka. He said, "During my visit to Sri Lanka last Sunday, I visited the St Anthony's church, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism which claims the lives of innocents anywhere," the Prime Minister said. St Anthony's church was one of the sites of the devastating Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka.
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PM Modi said that countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite to combat the menace of terrorism. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Khan and Iran President Hassan Rouhani were in the audience during PM Modi's speech.
PM Modi urged the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) against terrorism.
India became a full member of the SCO two years ago. Pakistan also became a member of the grouping in 2017. PM Modi said India has contributed positively in all the activities of the SCO.
The external affairs ministry said that all member countries have come to a consensus on a statement against terrorism. It is a strong statement endorsed by all the member countries, it added.