Putin by his side, PM Modi slams terror export

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Putin & PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Without naming Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi again raised the issue of cross-border terrorism on Friday as he urged the world to block funding, weapons and communication modes of terrorists.

“The call of time is that we should rise above specific incidents. Terrorism is the enemy of humankind. All should come together to fight terrorism,” Modi said during a discussion at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). He shared the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Austria and Moldova.

Modi, while noting that UN secretary general Antonio Guterres was present in the gathering, lamented that for 40 years, a resolution was pending before the United Nations regarding definition of terrorism and of those who help terrorists. “Only lip service has been provided. There has been no discussion, nor any decision,” he said.

The PM said he was glad that Putin had publicly stated that the resolution would be discussed. In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Modi said terrorists don’t manufacture weapons, but some countries supply guns to them. Similarly, terrorists don’t print currency , but some countries facilitate their financing through money laundering.

“Now we should come out of good terrorism, bad terrorism (debate); my terrorist, your terrorist (syndrome). It is an issue of humankind.That’s how we can fight terrorism,” he said. He added the world recognised terrorism merely as a law and order problem for many years.

Modi said terrorism had no boundaries and all countries should fight it collectively. Putin said India was facing a serious problem on account of terrorism and it was not an “imaginary thing”. He agreed with Modi that terrorism was a common threat and “that should unite us”. “We ought to understand what is happening and where it will lead us. We ought to be aware of the danger of terrorism,”he said.

On China, Modi said though there was a border dispute, not a single shot had been fired across the border in the last 40 years. Economic relations were expanding, the PM added.

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