Terror ‘gravest Threat’ In Asia, Says S Jaishankar

Describing terrorism as the “gravest threat” in Asia, foreign minister S Jaishankar, in his maiden address at the CICA summit, said “terrorists and their victims must never be equated.”

Addressing the summit in Dushanbe, Jaishankar said, “CICA has always shown a strong commitment to combat terrorism and extremism and adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism. Early finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, proposed by India, is today even more essential and we seek your support in this regard.” His statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the SCO Summit in Bishkek, asked that countries “sponsoring, aiding and funding” terrorism must be held accountable.

Amplifying changing world dynamics both in the strategic and the economic contexts, Jaishankar said, “India supports a rule-based order in Asia, as in the rest of the world. But we confront unavoidable challenges such as terrorism, conflicts, transnational crimes and maritime threats. There are also issues of sustainable development including the lack of energy security, low intra-regional trade and deficit of connectivity. These must be urgently remedied for our common good.” Read more

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