Melbourne: India’s Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy expressed serious concern over the tacit support extended by certain nations to terror groups while addressing the opening session of the ‘No Money For Terror’ Ministerial Conference here on 7 November.
Reddy called for a united global effort against all those who support terror or help generate finances for terror. He emphasized India’s zero-tolerance approach towards terror.
Reddy noted that despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, several active affiliates of Al Qaeda still exist in many parts of the world. He cautioned that despite recent elimination of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, there is no room to construe that the Caliphate would cease to survive.
Reddy proposed four points for inclusion in the resolution:
- Terrorism is the single biggest threat to peace, security and development.
- Nations must expedite the finalisation of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism under the United Nations.
- FATF Standards must be effectively enforced and UN listings / FATF should not be politicised.
- Initiate discussion on Countering Financing of Radicalisation (CFR), which would prevent radicalisation – an essential prerequisite of terrorism.
Sixty-five nations are represented at the conference. Reddy announced at the conference that India would host the next ‘No Money For Terror’ Conference in 2020.
Reddy would be leading a terror-focused bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart in Melbourne on 8 November.