Countries sponsoring terrorism must be held accountable: PM Modi at SCO

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Bishkek: PM Narendra Modi at the delegation level meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, June 14, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Bishkek: PM Narendra Modi at the delegation level meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit  (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for greater cooperation among the SCO countries in combatting terrorism, promoting economy, alternate energy and healthcare as he outlined India’s commitment to peace and economic prosperity in the region.

Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, Modi gave a template, ‘HEALTH’, for strengthening cooperation.

“Our vision is to strengthen healthy cooperation among us. Using the letters of HEALTH, we can make a good template for cooperation.

PM Modi said that countries sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable as he called for a global conference to combat the menace.

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

“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,” the Prime Minister said.

To combat the menace of terrorism, countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against it, said PM Modi.

“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 with a positive activity, especially they stop the spread of radicalisation among the youths in our society,” Modi said.

PM Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the two-day SCO summit. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan, admitted to the grouping in 2017.

(PTI)