Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the People’s Majlis during his State Visit to Maldives, called upon all global institutions and all leading nations to organise a global conference on terrorism within a stipulated timeframe to plug the loopholes that terrorists and their supporters exploit.
“I call upon all global institutions and all leading nations to organise a global conference on terrorism within a stipulated timeframe, so that there can be meaningful and result-oriented discussions for plugging the loopholes that terrorists and their supporters exploit. If we delay action any further, our current and future generations will never forgive us,” PM Modi said in Male.
PM Modi stressed upon the need of the leadership to deal with dark forces of terrorism. “The litmus test for today’s leadership is the way they deal with the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation. The international community has actively arranged for global Convention and many conferences on the grave threat of climate change. Why not on the issue of terrorism?” said PM Modi.
PM Modi said that terrorism is a very big challenge of our times. This is not a challenge faced by one nation or region only. It is a challenge for all humankind. Not a day goes by when the horrific face of terrorism does not show itself, and takes an innocent life somewhere.
Raising the issue of terror financing, PM Modi said that “terrorists do not own banks. They don’t have their own mints, nor armament factories. But neither money nor weapons seem to be in short supply for them. Where do they get these from? Who provides them the facilities they need?”
Without taking the name of neighbouring Pakistan, PM Modi said that state sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat.
“It is indeed extremely unfortunate that even now some people resort to the fallacy of distinguishing between the so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists. We have lost enough time debating these artificial differences. It is now no more tolerable. All forces supporting humanity must come together to effectively fight terrorism,” said PM Modi,
India has been accusing Pakistan of sponsoring terror activities.
Speaking about relations between India and Maldives, PM Modi said “‘Neighbourhood First’ is our priority. And in the neighbourbood, Maldives is priority.”
India will continue to be a reliable, strong and leading partner for democracy and prosperity in Maldives. And this cooperation will strengthen your hands as representatives of the Maldivian people.
PM Modi said that Indo-Pacific region is an inalienable part of our existence. It has been our lifeline, and also the highway for trade and prosperity. “In every sense, it is the key to our shared future. Therefore, I had said in June 2018 in Singapore that everyone will have to work together for ensuring openness, integration and balance in the Indo-Pacific. Only this will ensure trust among nations. Only this will ensure continuation of rule-based order and multilateralism,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said that “4 years ago, I articulated India’s vision and commitment for the Indian Ocean region in the form S.A.G.A.R, which is a word in Hindi meaning ‘sea’. This acronym stands for Security and Growth for All in the Region, which is a blueprint for us for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.”
The National Center for Good Governance (NCGG), India’s leading civil services training institution, has entered into an MOU with the Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building of 1000 Maldives civil servants over the next 5 years.