Terrorism Remains Primary International Security Challenge: Sitharaman

India said today the scourge of terrorism remains a primary international security challenge as it expressed concern over the continuing patronage of some “irresponsible states” to terrorist groups, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Addressing the Seventh Moscow Conference on International Security here, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that terrorists are reinventing themselves in newer and more dangerous manifestations.

“The radicalisation of young minds using new technologies and social media networks, the trend of lone-wolf attacks and the continuing patronage of some irresponsible states to terrorist groups, need to be addressed in a comprehensive manner,” she told the gathering.

Sitharaman said that efforts to establish a territorial base in West Asia by terrorists have been dealt a body blow, referring to the defeat of Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

“This was possible because broad objectives of all players, in particular the major international actors, were in alignment. This has been a silver lining in an otherwise challenging global scenario. It highlights the possibilities for greater cooperation in addressing the shared challenges we all face,” she said.

She said that further efforts are necessary to ensure that there is no re-emergence of terrorism in the region and prevent its spill-over onto the wider region by returning terrorists.

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