Terrorism must be stopped in all forms including cross-border terror: Jaishankar at SCO meet in Goa
5 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
S. Jaishankar stated on Friday that the threat of terrorism is still present "unabated" and that it needs to be eradicated in all of its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism.
S. Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs, stated on Friday that the threat of terrorism is still present “unabated” and that it needs to be eradicated in all of its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism.
In his opening address of the Shanghai Corporation Organisation’s Council of Foreign Ministers meeting here today, Jaishankar said that as the world was engaged in facing Covid and its consequences, the menace of terrorism continues unabated. “Taking our eyes off this menace would be detrimental to our security interests,” he said. “We firmly believe that there can be no justification for terrorism and it must be stopped in all its forms and manifestations including cross-border terrorism. Combating terrorism is one of the original mandates of SCO,” Jaishankar said.
“The channel of activities for terrorist activities must be seized and blocked without distinction. Members need not be reminded that combating terrorism is one of the original mandates of the SCO,” the external affairs minister added.
In his address at the SCO-CFMs meeting, Jaishankar also pursued the support of member states for the long-standing demand of India to make English the 3rd official language of SCO.
“I am pleased to note that the discussion on issues of reform and modernization of SCO has already commenced. I also seek the support of member states for the long-standing demand of India to make English the 3rd official language of SCO, to enable a deeper engagement with English-speaking member states,” said Jaishankar in Goa.
Joint Secretary (JS) ER Dhammu Ravi and MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, were sitting behind Jaishankar during his address. Joint Secretary (JS) SCO Yojna Patel was also present.
“As SCO chair we’ve initiated an unprecedented engagement with SCO observers and dialogue partners by inviting them to participate in more than 14 social-cultural events,” Jaishankar said.
The foreign minister also made a mention of Afghanistan in his speech “Unfolding situation in Afghanistan remains at the centre of our attention. Efforts should be directed towards welfare of Afghan people,” he said.
“Our immediate priorities in Afghanistan include providing humanitarian aid, ensuring truly inclusive govt, combating terror,” Jaishankar said.
Earlier today, Jaishankar greeted Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a “Namastey” ahead of the CFM meeting.
Visuals showed the Jaishankar greeting Zardari in Indian tradition with a “Namastey”, avoiding a handshake. On his arrival in Goa yesterday Zardari had said he looks forward to constructive discussions with his counterparts from friendly countries.
“I am happy to arrive in Goa for participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. I am leading the Pakistan delegation at SCO and hope that the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) will be successful,” Zardari said in a video on Thursday shared by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson.
Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang met on Thursday. The discussions were centred on finding solutions to unresolved problems and preserving “peace and tranquilly” in the border regions.
An intergovernmental organisation called the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was founded in 2001. India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are the other nations that make up the SCO. India assumed the SCO’s rotating presidency at the Samarkand summit in 2022.
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