SCO Summit 2019: PM Narendra Modi says nations harbouring terrorism must be held accountable

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Bishkek, June 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on Friday said nations financing and harbouring terrorism in the world must be held accountable, while the whole globe needs to closely fight the menace together.

According to ANI news reports, Modi also called for putting an end to the radicalization movement among youth, while addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Addressing the plenary session of the SCO summit, the prime minister said, “To tackle the danger of terrorism, all humanitarian powers should come forward together. Countries that provide encouragement, support, and finances to terrorism must be held accountable.”

“Literature and culture provide our societies with positive engagements and help stop the spread of radicalisation among the youth. During my visit to Sri Lanka, I visited the St. Anthony’s shrine, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism that takes the lives of innocents,” he added.

Modi’s speech was focused on several issues, especially on the United States-led Afghanistan peace process, and New Delhi’s positive contribution to the SCO’s activities over the last two years.

“India has been a permanent SCO member for two years now, we have contributed positively to all activities of the organisation. We have continued engagements to enhance SCO’s role and credibility on the international stage,” said Modi.

Modi is slated to hold a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, amid mounting tensions in the Middle East due to friction escalation between the US and Iran.

The India-Iran meeting is slated to be held against the backdrop of the sanctions imposed by the US on Iran, as well as, the partial withdrawal of Tehran from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Washington has recently announced no fresh sanction waiver will be extended to the existing nations as importers of the Iranian crude oil, including New Delhi.

 

Also read: SCO Summit 2019: Indian PM Modi to meet Iranian President Rouhani amidst Middle East tensions

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