Terrorism is pandemic and affects every country: VP Ansari

RSTV Bureau
Warsaw: Vice President Hamid Ansari paying floral tributes at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy of India Complex, in Warsaw, Poland on Friday. PTI Photo

Warsaw: Vice President Hamid Ansari paying floral tributes at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy of India Complex, in Warsaw, Poland on Friday. PTI Photo

Vice President Hamid Ansari called the menace of terrorism “pandemic” and said it affects every country and society.

Every nation faced the problem of terrorism to a “greater or lesser” degree, Ansari told the media as he wound up his visit to Armenia and Poland.

“But some countries come up with legal technicalities in defining terrorism as an excuse to try to avoid committing themselves (to fighting terrorism),” he said on board Air India One Special Aircraft on his way back to India.

The Vice President also spoke about how some countries buckled the responsibility of fighting terrorism by having a different definition of a terrorist.

“Those who do not want this to make progress come up with legal technicalities,” he said.

VP Ansari also called his visit to Armenia and Poland “productive”.

“Armenia and Poland are friendly countries and we were able to regenerate interest in mutual cooperation,” he said.

To a question on whether India was exploring the potential of working with Armenian innovative projects, the vice president said, “We need to see where and what the innovation is and where it will fit into our requirements.”

About Poland, VP Ansari said Warsaw had “done its own homework” in identifying India’s rising profile and becoming its major trading partner.

Poland, he pointed out, had the largest economy in Central Europe.

“With the Polish president and prime minister, we were able to identify some specific areas where cooperation between these two countries is either starting or can start very soon,” he said.

The two countries focused on three particular areas of interest: clean coal mining technology, agricultural products and techniques and defence cooperation, he said.

The vice president said he had suggested that Poland join the Make in India programme to which the Polish side reacted “very positively”.

According to Poland, India had been identified as one of the priority markets in India.

In the first leg of his tour, VP Ansari reached Yerevan, the Armenian capital, on April 24, where he met the country’s top leadership. Three agreements were signed in cultural cooperation, youth affairs and the peaceful use of space.

In Warsaw, Poland communicated to India that it supported India’s permanent membership at the expanded UN Security Council. There, VP Ansari met the Indian community in Poland and encouraged them to bring more business and investments into India. An MoU was signed in the field of agriculture and he inaugurated a new embassy complex in Warsaw.

(With inputs to PTI)