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PM Modi calls for UNSC reforms

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PM ModiNew Delhi : Prime Minister expressed his strong opinion on reforms and cautioned the UNSC of becoming irrelevant unless it becomes adaptable. Strongly pitching for UN Security Council reforms, PM Modi said, UNSC ran the risk of becoming irrelevant unless it adjusted to the changing world, and added there should be concerted efforts initiated to deal with growing challenge of terrorism.

PM Modi was speaking at the inaugural session of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS). He said the world was undergoing political, economic, technological and security transition on a magnanimous scale, and at a fast track speed rarely seen in recent history, and yet the global institutions reflected the circumstances of the century that ‘we left behind’. He said – These institutions have served us well, but unless they adjust to the changing world, they risk becoming irrelevant. We cannot say what will replace them in an uncertain future. But, we might have a more fragmented world that is less capable of dealing with the challenges of our era. That is why India advocates reforms in global institutions.

The summit is being attended by representatives of over 50 countries including 41 Heads of State and Government of African countries. Calling India and Africa two bright spots of hope and opportunities in the global economy, Modi said both sides must work together to defeat terrorism. He said – This is a world of free nations and awakened aspirations. Our institutions cannot be representative of our world, if they do not give voice to Africa, with more than a quarter of UN members, or the world s largest democracy with one-sixth of humanity. That is why India and Africa must speak in one voice for reforms of the United Nations, including its Security Council. Today, in many parts of the world, the light of a bright future flickers in the storm of violence and instability. When terror snuffs out life on the streets and beaches, and in malls and schools of Africa, we feel your pain as our own. And, we see the links that unite us against this threat.

Equating India on the planes of security level and highlighting on the threats that nations like Africa and India both face, PM Modi said – We also see that when our oceans are no longer safe for trade, we all suffer together. And, when nations are caught in conflict within, no one around remains untouched. And, we know that our cyber networks bring opportunities, but also carry huge risks. So, when it comes to security, distance no longer insulates us from each other.

Modi anticipated that both sides could deepen cooperation in maritime security and hydrography as well as countering terrorism and extremism. He stressed on the need to have a UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to deal with the menace. ‘We will also provide support for African Union s peacekeeping efforts. And, we will train African peacekeepers here and in Africa. We must also have a stronger voice in decisions on UN Peacekeeping Missions,” he said and noted that Africa has its concerns about security and stability, especially from terrorism and extremism and hoped its leadership will rise to the challenges, ‘ said PM Modi.

Double suicide attack kills 13 in Baghdad

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baghdadBaghdad : Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in northwestern Baghdad today, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than two dozens, thus adding to the series of such attacks in the recent times. According to police information, a vehicle carrying explosives crossed over the shrine access point on Adan square – a place which leads the road to the Shiite shrine of Kadhimiyah, a holy visiting place which usually gets flooded with visitors during weekends starting Friday through Sunday.

The two jihadis, both suicide bombers, themselves wore suicide vests, and drove an explosive-laden car, through this busy area of Baghdad. They first blew up the suicide car bomb and caused panic and fatality in the crowded area. Thereafter, the surviving jihadis blew themselves up and caused more causalities injuring atleast 37 persons who were on a holy pilgrimage to the auspicious shrine of Shias clan.

Adan Square has been repeatedly hit by attacks in the past and has attained the status of a highly sensitive terrorism-prone zone. This latest attack is a continuation of an earlier suicide bid this calendar year when more than 20 people died in a suicide bombing at the same place in February.

Modi calls upon international community to unite against terrorism

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modi in us 2New York : An update on the post UN talks between US President Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi generated by Ministry of External Affairs indicated the extra emphasis that both leaders have laid upon terrorism. PM Modi has said that terrorism is a global phenomenon from which no country can be immune. Modi has urged Obama and the international community as a whole that time has come for the international community to come out in strong and united manner against the menace.

Modi said – Terrorism is a global phenomenon which impacts every country. No country is immune from the threat of terrorism’, informed Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry, short after the two leaders met at the UN headquarters here.

“We ourselves have been battling it for the last four decades. The time has come for the international community to speak in one voice on the issue of terrorism to resolve the long-pending International Convention on Terrorism which has been held up because of the differences on definition of terrorism,” Swarup quoted Modi, who met Obama the fifth time in over a year, as saying.

Modi added – As existing terrorism threats grow and new ones emerge, we have resolved to further deepen cooperation on counter- terrorism and radicalism.

Speaking about India’s achievements in space territory, Modi said – the aircraft career technology working group had also met and the fact that today four US satellites were launched by ISRO itself was a very complete proof of the stride that has been made in space cooperation between the two countries.

He said the two sides agreed to further strengthen consultation and cooperation on helping the Afghan people combat terrorism and build a peaceful, stable and prosperous future of their nation.

India-UAE have decided to build a comprehensive strategic partnership

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India and UAE reject extremism and any link between religion and terrorism


Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Community Reception in Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Community Reception in Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17, 2015.

Abu Dhabi: The high watermark of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s UAE tour is the joint statement underscoring the resolve by India and UAE to reject extremism and any link between religion and terrorism.

The two nations have condemned efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries. They have also deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and disputes, including in West and South Asia, and use terrorism to pursue their aims.

In Abu Dhabi, His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to seize the historic moment of opportunity and shared responsibility to chart a new course in their partnership for the 21st century.

The spirit of the joint statement, especially the resolve to combat terrorism, reverberated through the Dubai Cricket stadium here later today when Modi spoke at an Indian Community Reception.

The joint statement and Modi’s speech at the Cricket stadium is a loud message to Pakistan that the civilised world will not tolerate state-sponsored terrorism.

The joint statement says:”Today, as India accelerates economic reforms and improves its investment and business environment, and UAE becomes an increasingly advanced and diversified economy, the two countries have the potential to build a transformative economic partnership, not only for sustained prosperity of their two countries, but to also advance progress in the region and help realise the vision of an Asian Century. .

Yet, their common vision of progress and prosperity faces challenges from many shared threats to peace, stability and security in the region. A shared endeavour to address these challenges, based on common ideals and convergent interests, is vital for the future of the two countries and their region.

UAE is at the heart of the Gulf and West Asia region and its major economic hub. India, with seven million citizens in the Gulf, also has major energy, trade and investment interests in the region. The two nations also share a commitment to openness, peaceful coexistence and social harmony that are based on their cultural traditions, spiritual values and shared heritage. UAE is a shining example of a multi-cultural society. India is a nation of unparalleled diversity, religious pluralism and a composite culture.

Proximity, history, cultural affinity, strong links between people, natural synergies, shared aspirations and common challenges create boundless potential for a natural strategic partnership between India and UAE. Yet, in the past, relations between the two governments have not kept pace with the exponential growth in relations between their people or the promise of this partnership. However, the need for a close strategic partnership between UAE and India has never been stronger or more urgent, and its prospects more rewarding, than in these uncertain times.”

Both countries have decided to:

  • Elevate the India-UAE relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
  • Coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism or pursuing political aims. The two sides will facilitate regular exchanges of religious scholars and intellectuals and organise conferences and seminars to promote the values of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and welfare that is inherent in all religions.
  • Denounce and oppose terrorism in all forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever, calling on all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries, dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they exist, and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice.
  • Enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity building.
  • Work together for the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
  • Work together to control, regulate and share information on flow of funds that could have a bearing on radicalization activities and cooperate in interdicting illegal flows and take action against concerned individuals and organizations.
  • Strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, other trans-national crimes, extradition arrangements, as well as police training.