SCO summit: Nations must combat terror together, says PM Modi
Bishkek, June 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed the need to stand united against terrorism during during his address in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
PM Modi highlighted spirit of the SCO to make a case for greater co-operation between the members to combat terrorism.
Training his guns indirectly at Pakistan, the prime minister said that countries supporting, aiding and funding terrorism should be held accountable.
"Countries supporting, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable," PM Modi said at the SCO Summit that is being held at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
"India has been a permanent SCO member for two years now, we've given a positive contribution in all activities of SCO. We've continued engagements to enhance SCO's role and credibility on the international stage," PM Modi added.
To combat the menace of terrorism, countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against it, Modi said without naming or looking at Khan.
"Literature and culture provide our societies a positive activity, stop the spread of radicalization among the youths. During my visit to Sri Lanka I visited the St. Anthony's shrine, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism that takes the lives of innocents," PM Modi said.
Modi is set to meet Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Bishkek today, capital of Kyrgyzstan on Friday amid mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region with the US blaming Tehran for reported attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman a day earlier.
Earlier in the day, Modi met President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who is also the current Chair of the SCO Summit 2019.
Modi was welcomed by the Kyrgyz President as he arrived at the Ala Archa Presidential Palace ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State meeting.
"President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of #Kyrgyz Republic, current Chair of #SCOSummit2019 warmly welcomed PM @narendramodi as he arrived at the Ala Archa Presidential Palace ahead of the SCO Council of Heads of State Meeting today morning," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
The meeting between the two leaders is their first interaction after Modi's re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections last month.
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 being admitted to the grouping in 2017.