Asia Summit: Terrorism takes centre stage, Modi calls for ‘resolute’ action
Cross-border terrorism once again took centre stage at an international platform as the 6th Annual Heart of Asia Summit adopted the Amritsar Declaration that reiterated the need to stem terrorism in the region on Sunday.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed aspects of strengthening counter-terror cooperation at the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference, which saw participation of over eight foreign ministers and dignitaries of 14 other countries from south and central Asia and several western countries.
In a clear message to Pakistan, Modi called for “resolute action” not just against forces of terrorism but also against those who support, shelter, train and finance them, saying silence and inaction will only embolden terrorists and their masters.
In his inaugural address at the 6th conference of Heart of Asia, a platform to help Afghanistan in its transition, Modi said the growing arc of terrorist violence is posing the gravest threat to the region.
“Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity. And, the growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region. As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough,” he said.