Male, June 9: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said terrorism poses a major challenge globally and a lot of time has been wasted in the debate on a good or a bad terrorist.
The water is already rising above the head, Modi said addressing People's Majlis-Parliament-of Maldives here."I will expect the world bodies and especially the major global players that within a time frame, a global conference be convened to discuss matters pertaining to terrorism. So that we can discuss all issues and loopholes that the terrorists and their supporters make use of," Modi said.
In the context of climate change, he said the changing weather conditions and dry spells and rivers have affected the farmers across the globe. Climate challenge is also a major issue for countries like the Maldives, he said.
Modi was conferred by Maldives with its highest honour for any foreign dignitary- the 'Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen'- on his maiden foreign visit after assumption of office for the second term.
A joint statement issued at the end of bilateral talks between Modi and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said India and the Maldives pledged to work on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region and set up a Joint Working Group on counter terrorism, countering violent extremism and de-radicalisation.
Both sides agreed on the importance to maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, and to strengthen coordination in enhancing maritime security in the region, through coordinated patrolling and aerial surveillance, exchange of information, and capacity building.
'The two leaders acknowledged the recent joint exercise Ekatha conducted in April 2019. Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on issues of common concern including piracy, terrorism, organised crime, drugs and human trafficking.
Mr Modi was greeted at Male airport by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and received a ceremonial welcome by President Solih at the Republic Square.
The Prime Minister will travel to Sri Lanka for a day's visit on Sunday.