Countries supporting, aiding, funding terrorism must be held accountable: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, asserted that countries supporting, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable. In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishke, he said that “India has been a permanent SCO member for 2 years now. We have given a positive contribution in all activities of SCO. We have continued engagements to enhance SCO’s role and credibility on the international stage.” 

Modi highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism. He said that India stood for a terrorism-free society. “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,” he added. 

To combat the menace of terrorism, countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against it, Modi said in the presence of his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan. “Countries sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable,” he said. 

Prime Minister Modi also called on the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) against terrorism. He also urged the SCO leaders to organise a global conference on terrorism. “Literature and culture provide our societies a positive activity, specially they stop the spread of radicalisation among the youths in our society,” Modi added.

Earlier on the day, the PM met President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and hold bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. 

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