External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar deplored that terrorism poses the “gravest threat” to the people in Asia. He asserted that terrorists and their victims must never be equated.
Addressing the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in the Tajik capital, last evening, he said that the CICA members are the victims of terrorism.
His statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the SCO Summit in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, lashed out at countries “sponsoring, aiding and funding” terrorism and said that such States must be held accountable, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
The CICA is a pan-Asia forum for enhancing cooperation and promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. Ahead of the Summit, Jaishankar was welcomed by President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
“An important Central Asian partner. EAM @DrSJaishankar welcomed by President of Tajikistan @EmomaliRahmon at the start of the #CICA2019 summit. CICA leaders will discuss collective strategies to deal with challenges facing the Asian continent,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
Jaishankar said the CICA has always shown a strong commitment to combat terrorism and extremism and adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.