Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two day visit to Seoul said that the time has come for the global community to “unite and act” to completely eradicate terror networks and their financing supply channels as he identified radicalisation and terrorism as the biggest threats to global peace and security.
“The time has come for all those who believe in humanity to join hands, to completely eradicate terrorist networks, and their financing supply channels and counter terrorist ideology and propaganda. Only by doing so, can we replace hate with harmony, destruction with development, and transform the landscape of violence and vendetta into a post-guard of peace,” PM Modi said.
He recalled that a few months before the Seoul Olympics in 1988, an organisation called al-Qaida was formed.
“Today, radicalisation and terrorism have become globalised and are the biggest threats to global peace and security,” he said.
“Our endeavour towards peaceful developments has only too often been derailed by cross-border terrorism,” he said in an apparent reference to Pakistan.
PM Modi expressed his gratitude to President Moon for his condolences and support on the Pulwama attack.
“We are committed towards strengthening our bilateral and multilateral cooperation against terrorism,” he said.
PM Modi expressed his gratitude for South Korea’s support following one of the worst terror attacks by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.
PM Modi also said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed India’s home ministry and South Korea’s national police on Transnational Crimes and Police Cooperation will further help crack down terrorism.