Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday repeatedly raised the issue of terrorism at the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa, calling upon member nations to do their best in their response to the global threat. In his address at the first working meet Sunday morning, Modi alluded to Pakistan saying a neighbour country was the ‘mothership’ of terrorism.
In his remarks at the plenary session of the Summit, Modi once again hit out at nations allowing their land to be used for terror activities saying “terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off.”
Here are highlights from the three statements Prime Minister Modi made at the BRICS Summit in Goa, as released by the Ministry of External Affairs.
At the working-meet Sunday morning:
“The growing arc of terrorism today threatens Middle East, West Asia, Europe and South Asia. Its violent footprints put at risk the security of our citizens and undercuts our efforts aimed at economic growth.
In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically its mothership is a country in India’s neighbourhood.
Terror modules around the world are linked to this mothership. This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. It is a mindset that we strongly condemn. And, against which we as BRICS need to stand and act together. BRICS must speak in one voice against this threat.”
At the plenary meeting, Sunday afternoon:
“Terrorism casts a long shadow on our development and economic prosperity. Its reach is now global. It has grown more lethal and adept at the use of technology. Our response to terrorism must, therefore, be nothing less than comprehensive. And, we need to act both individually and collectively.
Selective approaches to terrorist individuals and organisations will not only be futile but also counter-productive. There must be no distinction based on artificial and self-serving grounds. Criminality should be the only basis for punitive action against the individuals and organisations responsible for carrying out terrorist acts. Terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off.
In this respect, we need to deepen the security cooperation between our National Security Advisors. Early adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism will be an expression of our resolive to fight this menace.”
At the conclusion of the plenary summit and the adoption of the Goa Declaration:
We were unanimous in recognising the threat that terrorism, extremism and radicalisation presents, not just to the regional and global peace, stability and economic prosperity. But, also to our society, our way of life and humanity as a whole. We were also one in agreeing that BRICS need to work together and act decisively to combat this threat. We underscored the need for close coordination on tracking sources of terrorist financing; and targeting the hardware of terrorism including weapons’ supplies, ammunition, equipment, and training. We also agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor such forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to us as the terrorists themselves. India is happy to note the unity of thought and purpose on this serious global challenge.