Resolving to expand cooperation in countering extremism and terrorism, India and United Arab Emirates have said governments must control activities of “non-state actors”. The two countries condemned use of religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism, which is being perceived as an oblique reference to Pakistan. The Indian side Friday appreciated the solidarity expressed by UAE on Pathankot terror attack.
As Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan concluded his three-day India visit after meeting PM Narendra Modi, the two sides agreed to bolster strategic ties by continuing to work closely on a range of security issues, particularly on counter-terrorism, maritime security and cyber-security. They reaffirmed their respect for the “bedrock principles” of national sovereignty and non-interference.
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On dealing with terror, they deplored the “use of double standards” and agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terror both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system. They also discussed growing religious intolerance and radicalisation and pitched for sincere efforts to check them. “They reiterated their condemnation for efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as instrument of state policy,” said a statement issued after the meeting.