PM to pitch for action to deal with terrorism

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to pitch for strong and decisive action to deal with terrorism when he addresses a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek on June 14.Modi, who will be on a two-day visit to the Kyrgyz capital from June 13, will also hold a series of important bilateral meetings, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit, Secretary(West) in the External Affairs Ministry A Gitesh Sarma said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThis will be Modi’s first participation at a multilateral forum after coming back to power following huge mandate in the Lok Sabha polls last month. SCO, considered a powerful grouping, represents around 42 per cent of the world’s population and 20 per cent of the global GDP. Modi is expected to pitch for strong and decisive action to deal with terrorism, an official said. While briefing reporters on Modi’s visit to Bishkek, Sarma said India will flag concerns about terrorism but unlikely to talk about any specific country when asked whether the PM will raise Pakistan’s support to terror groups. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsHe is also expected to emphasise on the need for enhancing connectivity among the members of the grouping to boost overall growth. Asked whether Modi will have a meeting with and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the summit, ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders. The ministry officials also parried a question whether Pakistan has responded to India’s request to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace while travelling to Bishkek, and merely said that it was not proper for them to discuss the Prime Minister’s flight details. Sarma said dealing with the growing challenge of terrorism, enhancing security and defence cooperation among SCO countries and boosting connectivity in the region are expected to be key focus areas of the summit. He said India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence. It will also take part in a military exercise of the bloc which will include other member-states, including Pakistan. The official said there may be discussions on situation in Afghanistan at the summit. “The leaders participating in the summit are expected to focus their discussions on the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and also on topical issues of international and regional importance,” Sarma said.last_img

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