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Increasing radicalisation biggest challenge for Asian countries, says PM Modi at SCO Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed ‘increasing radicalisation’ as the biggest challenge for Asian countries. He cited the ground situation in Afghanistan to drive home his point while addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

PM Modi said, “Today, we can see what is happening in Afghanistan. As SCO members it is a must for us all to ensure that there is no radicalisation and extremism on the rise there. There was a time when Afghanistan was a land of peace and prosperity. We must ensure that the country can connect with its ancient roots of peace, tolerance and harmony.”

20th anniversary of SCO

The prime minister said, “20th anniversary of SCO is the right time to think about the future of SCO. The biggest challenges in this area are related to peace, security and trust deficit. The root cause of these problems is increasing radicalisation and the recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge clear.”

He added, “SCO should work to develop strong network among the moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam.”

PM Modi also welcomed Iran as the newest member of the SCO in its 20th year. He said, “I welcome Iran as a new member country of the SCO. I also welcome the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar.”

India’s commitment PM Modi

“We must encourage our talented youngsters towards science and rational thinking. We can bring our startups and entrepreneurs together to make the innovative spirit towards making India a stakeholder in emerging technology,” the prime minister said.

“India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that landlocked Central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India’s vast market.”

“Any connectivity initiative cannot be one-way. To ensure mutual trust, connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory. There should be respect for the territorial integrity of all countries,” PM Modi added.

 

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