EAM S Jaishankar appealed to the international community to unite against this evil, as seriously as it does on issues like climate change and pandemics.
Nur-Sultan: In an apparent attack at Pakistan over cross-border terrorism, India said on Tuesday that forces of extremism, radicalisation and violence will “come back to haunt those who nurture them”.
Addressing the 6th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Conference of Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Kazakhstan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also said that cross-border terrorism is not statecraft but “simply” another form of the menace.
Terming terrorism the “biggest enemy” of the common goal of peace and development for CICA members, he appealed to the international community to unite against this evil, as seriously as itdoes on issues like climate change and pandemics.
If peace and development is our common goal, the biggest enemy we must overcome is terrorism. In this day and age, we cannot countenance its use by one state against another. Cross-border terrorism is not statecraft; it is simply another form of terrorism,” he told the gathering.
”Any calculation that extremism, radicalization, violence, and bigotry can be used to advance interests is a very short-sighted one. Such forces will come back to haunt those who nurture them. Lack of stability will also undermine our collective efforts to get Covid under control. The situation in Afghanistan is, therefore, of grave concern,” he said, PTI reported.
In his speech, Jaishankar also launched a veiled attack at China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and said respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations must be at the heart of all connectivity projects.
”As we build these modern arteries of commerce, it is essential that the most basic principles of international relations are observed. It is also important that connectivity building is a participative and consensual exercise, based on financial viability and local ownership. They must not serve other agendas,” he said.