- Modi calls for support to UN listing, FATF mechanism to combat terror.
New Delhi: In an apparent reference to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that politicization of terror should be avoided and mechanisms like UN listings and FATF should be respected to realize the peace objectives.
Terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms, he said at the Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Response to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives at the UN Headquarters in New York.
“Modi called for qualitative up-gradation in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence-sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks,” A. Gitesh Sarma, Secretary (West), Indian Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters at a briefing.
He cited Modi as saying that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. “For this objective to be realized, we need to avoid politicization of mechanisms like UN listings of terrorists and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). These mechanisms need to be enforced,” Sarma said.
Modi called for global solidarity and preparedness against terrorism the way the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change.
“He said a terrorist attack, anywhere in the world, should be treated as terrorism, not good or bad terrorism,” Sarma said.
Sharing India’s experiences over the years, the PM said that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development were the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terror, radicalism and extremism.
“Modi suggested institutionalizing counter-terrorism cooperation at multi-lateral level and said India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation in capacity-building of friendly countries in this area.”
China had long been stalling Indian attempts at the UN and other forums to designate Pakistan-based terrorists and their organizations.