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Modi calls for concerted efforts to tackle terrorism menace

By Vikas

Asserting that coordinated efforts are needed to tackle the menace of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said terrorism amounts to blatant violation of human values and rights.

PM Modi at SCO summit in Astana

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kazakhstan's Astana, Modi said it required concerted efforts to rein in radicalisation, terrorist recruitment and terror financing issues.

Modi also thanked other members of SCO for supporting India's membership to the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

"After 12 years of observership, will get membership of SCO. Want to thank all members for their support," he said.

At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become the full members of the grouping. Modi reached reached Kazakhstan on Thursday to attend the summit.

After India becomes the member of the grouping, SCO will represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of the global GDP.

On Thursday evening, Modi exchanged pleasantries with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at a reception amid escalating Indo-Pak tensions over a range of issues.

[Modi, Nawaz Sharif exchange pleasantries in Astana]

When asked whether Modi and Sharif will have a bilateral meeting, External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay had earlier said, "Our position has not changed. There is no proposal from their side. There is no proposal either from our side."

India has been maintaining that there was neither any request from the Pakistani side nor any such proposal from the Indian side for a Modi-Sharif meeting.

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