Qingdao : China and Russia-led security grouping SCO on Sunday resolved to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism with a renewed vigour in the next three years and called for unified global counterterrorism front under the coordination of the United Nations.
The grouping of eight countries including China, India and Russia, came out with a declaration at the end of its two-day annual summit here, with a resolve to deepen cooperation to contain terrorism, extremism and separatism, reports PTI.
In his address at the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about challenges of terrorism and cited example of the its effects in Afghanistan. “All parties in the region should respect the sentiment with which (Afghan) President Ghani has taken courageous steps for peace,” Modi said.
He said it was “our common responsibility to ensure that reasons that threaten Afghanistan’s sovereignty & security are not repeated”.
Modi also talked about connectivity projects and said India was all for such programmes provided they respect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“The Member States strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and consider it necessary to make efforts to promote the creation of a unified global counterterrorism front with the central coordinating role of the UN on the basis of international law, without politicisation or double standards,” the Qingdao declaration said.
It said all the member countries were for reaching consensus for adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and emphasised the importance of comprehensive measures to reach peaceful settlement of international and regional conflicts.
The SCO leaders also adopted a Joint Appeal to Youth, in which they appealed to youths not to get influenced by extremist ideologies.
The declaration said the SCO will work to stop the spread of terrorist ideology and eliminate factors and conditions that facilitate terrorism and extremism, acknowledging that there can be no justification to any act of terrorism or extremism.
PM Modi holds bilateral talks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held separate bilateral talks with presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia on the sidelines of the SCO summit here to further strengthen India’s ties with the three resource-rich countries.
India attaches great significance to ties with Kazakhstan. Had a wonderful meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, Modi said in a tweet. Modi met Nazarbayev and invited his country to join the International Solar Alliance, an initiative announced in 2015 whose primary objective is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Modi also met President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov on the sidelines of the summit.
“Glad to have met the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov. We deliberated on ways to add strength to our vibrant bilateral partnership,” Modi tweeted.
He also held bilateral talks with Mongolia President Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
“Strategic partnership based on deep civilizational, historical and cultural linkages! PM Modi met the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Qingdao,” said MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
Modi held nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries,reports PTI.
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