PM Modi in Germany: Terrorism is the ‘gravest challenge’ facing humanity

PM Modi urged European nations to play a leading role in developing an effective global response, under the UN, to deal with terrorism.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi in Germany, Modi terrorism, Modi four nation tour PM Modi emplanes for a four nation visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France, aimed at boosting economic ties with these nations. (Source: Twitter/@PMOIndia)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said terrorism is the ‘gravest challenge’ facing humanity. In an interview with German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, he said Europe has been hit hard by terrorism, and urged European nations to lead the way in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the United Nations to deal with the menace, reported news agency PTI. Modi arrived in Berlin today, as part of a four-nation tour. He will also visit Russia, Spain and France.

“To our mind, terrorism is the gravest challenge facing humanity. Europe must play a lead role in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the United Nations to deal with this menace,” Modi said.

For live updates on PM Modi’s Germany visit, click here.

Modi’s remarks come in the wake of the recent terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people. Europe has been hit but a slew of terror attacks in the last year, including ones in Nice, (France), Berlin (Germany) and Sweden.

Regarding immigration norms, Modi said, “We do have concerns regarding protectionist and anti-immigrant sentiments in the world. We are hopeful that they will be addressed.

“We live in an interconnected world. Movement of goods, capital and people across borders is essential to our collective progress and to realise the benefits of globalisation,” he added.

Modi elaborated on the importance of India to Germany, stating that it is one of the ‘most open’ and ‘fastest growing major economies in the world.’ Pushing for India’s entry to the UNSC, he said, “India has been seeking reform of the UN Security Council for quite some time…There is an urgent need to expand the Security Council.

On Indo-German ties, Modi said India sees Germany as an important partner in the national flagship programmes of Make in India, Skill India, Start-up India, Clean India and Smart Cities.

Regarding Brexit, he said, “The European Union is an important global player. Its stability has a significant bearing on global developments, including peace and security.

“India values its strong and multi-faceted relationship with both the United Kingdom and the European Union and is committed to further strengthening its ties with both the strategic partners. We will continue this approach.”

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    Shiv
    May 30, 2017 at 1:35 am
    Yes Hindu sponsored terrorism is biggest threat to w world. Can u even imagine dirty cow drinkers who lick boots of murderer and molester. Modi is murderer and his party is party of gangsters. Army chief is known molester and rapist of congo. Now bakhts will start barking 1..2....3...
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      kaladadkalimata
      May 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm
      thief cal thief thief. self professed terrorist shouting terrorism. what hypocrite hindu satan
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        Samir Kaul
        May 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm
        No doubt. But in our own country, Gau Rakshakhs backed by RSS and BJP pose a big challenge as future terrorists of secular India. RSS shakhas training illiterate Hindus to fight against other religions is another challenge for 1.2 billion people of India. We need to talk about it also while dea with external threats. We know talking is easy and lecturing others is easy but when same terror effects Indians in the form of communal m rioting like Gujarat and Muzaffar Nagar, BJP doesn't speak about it.
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          Antony
          May 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm
          Very true modiji, the terrorism by gaurakshaks for your gau Mata is a grave danger to humanity ! Same like ISIS, Taliban, LET an Jaish Muhammad!
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            Kris
            May 29, 2017 at 11:12 pm
            Antony, you seem to be a spokesperson of evangelists who are engaged in illegal conversion of Hindus to your religion and Mr Modi seems to the big block in your clandestine efforts. Regarding cow vigilantism, some people are creating problems in the name of cow and those guys are being dealt with in accordance with the law. Hindus have no hesitation in believing that cow is a sacred animal. If majority has to respect minority, it is you guys responsibility to respect of the majority sentiments. Using bad language, insult etc on majority are the cause of communal tension in India. Majority of India does not want Congress and your leader Sonia who is anti India and under her leadership India became anti Hindu, and several anti national Indians have been positioned in places of importance. The majority realized during 2004-14 and will never repeat this mistake. You may be disturbed about this but we don't care.
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              Antony
              May 30, 2017 at 12:25 am
              who cares about chaddi educated sanghi like you? first abolish the caste system in your religion which is worst than apartheid practiced by white man in south africa before you talk about conversion. sanghi stooges like you need a reason to terrorize and kill minorities in india isnt it? for muslims it is cow! for christians it is conversion! you can do your terrorist activities only in your illiterate BIMARU states ! Anti nationals like you are curse for my country where peopele live in harmony for centuries until an terror organization called RSS came ito being ! your place is not india, you should go to porkistan to play your communal games with your taliban cousins!
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                Kris
                May 30, 2017 at 12:59 am
                Nor do I care about you third rate evangelist. Hindus will reform itself and we do not need an evangelist's advice. Why you guys have caste system in your religion? Are those who were converted from Upper caste to Christianity have the same status as lower caste converts? Do upper caste christians marry with those from lower caste converts? First reform your religion rather than convert and preach to us Hindus. We have right to questions even our supreme lords. You believe in your religion but do not try to impose your dirty belief system in our religion. You Vatican stooge dont try to convert our country into your religion and every Hindu will oppose your dirty trick. If you want to live as equals in the country learn to respect the majority also. You guys are deeply involved in polarising our country in the name of religions ever since Mr Modi became the PM. You were enjoying unrestricted freedom to convert when Sonia was in power.Those days will never come back.
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                Hedonist
                May 29, 2017 at 11:37 pm
                Nobody cares about gau rakshas in Germany. All they worry about is Islamic terror.
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                Mehemud Alam
                May 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm
                PM modi is the biggest terrorist in the world who has killed thousands of people while he was cm of GUJARAT. Now after becoming PM of India he is continuing his terror through different form kil by issuing several uncons utional order which Indians will come to know latter. He will pay a heavy price for his role in Indian society.
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                  Hedonist
                  May 29, 2017 at 11:38 pm
                  SaudiArabia gave him highest civilian award.
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                  NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
                  May 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm
                  Mr. Modi speaks the minds of billions of men and women when he says that terrorism is the gravest challenge to humanity. The irony is it has not spared Muslim countries too though most of them do not even whimper, perhaps dreaming about a universal Caliphate. Thank you, Mr. Modi.
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                    MyTake
                    May 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm
                    There are two ways to reduce terrorism: 1. If stan is freed from the clutches of Punjabis and divided into parts as par the aspirations of people, 90 of terrorism which comes out of Pak army supported regime (which is dominated by Punjabis) will end. 2. Coming together of US and Russia to fight this immediate threat. India can play a catalyst role which can develop into India's own narrative in making real peace in the long run.
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                      SHEKAR
                      May 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm
                      stan is the most cruel Nation supporting terrorism. stan must be taucht lesson by World Community.
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