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Together we should ensure that land of Afghanistan is not used to spread terrorism in any country: PM Modi

17/09/2021 at 7:39 PM

New Delhi, Sept 17: Addressing the SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanistan Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that all countries have been victims of terrorism, so together we should ensure that the land of Afghanistan is not used to spread terrorism in any country. SCO Member Nations should develop strict norms over this issue.

These norms can become a template for Global Anti-Terror Cooperation in the times to come. The norms should be based on principle of zero tolerance against terrorism. It should have a code of conduct to put a check on activities like cross-border terrorism & terror financing, Modi said.

We need to focus on four main issues. 1st, the change in power in Afghanistan is not inclusive. It happened without negotiations. This raises questions over acceptance of the new system. The representation of women, minorities and all sections of Afghan society is essential, he added.

That’s why it is essential that the global community take a decision on the recognition of the new system, collectively and with proper deliberation. On this matter, India supports the central role of the United Nations, he stated.

Neighbouring nations like us have been mostly affected by the chain of events that are taking place in Afghanistan. So, regional focus and regional cooperation are very important in this context, PM Modi said in his address.

The recent developments in Afghanistan can lead to an increase in the trafficking of illegal arms, drugs and human trafficking.

Together we should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches Afghanistan smoothly. There has been a special relationship between Indians & Afghans. All regional & global initiatives for Afghan society’s help will have India’s full support, Modi said.

If instability and fundamentalism continue in Afghanistan, terrorist and extremist ideologies will be encouraged across the world. Other extremist organisations might get the encouragement to grab the power through violence, he added.

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