Osaka (Japan), Jun 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal for a world conference
on terrorism found 'resonance' among the world leaders, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said here on Saturday.
"The proposal found resonance.....I think it is to be understood in what conference we are talking about. Basically the view is that there are conferences taking place on several subjects, now why can't we have a conference on a topic which the entire world in facing at this point of time," Mr Kumar told reporters here in reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interactions with a galaxy of world leaders either at the bilateral level or in multilateral fora.
"It's (terrorism) a scourge," he remarked adding Prime Minister Modi has definitely "flagged off" this idea in several bilateral meetings.".....and from the response I can tell you that it was quite encouraging, because of course it is a topic which nobody can ignore. I think it has found resonance and it has found mention in several of Prime Minister's interventions," Mr Kumar said.However, to a specific query, he said to say the number as to how many countries have supported this would not be possible.
"This is a new idea, which is being explored and we will take it forward," Mr Kumar said.
Prime Minister Modi first mooted the idea during his address at the Maldives Majlis, Parliament - his first overseas visit after being sworn in as the Prime Minister for the second term after the recent elections.Prime Minister also flagged off in SCO Summit at Bishkek and at BRICS Leaders Informal Meet herein Osaka on Friday.The issue figured at RIC - Russia, India and China meet on Friday and according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, the idea got the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Mr Gokhale said terrorism figured prominently at the deliberations and Prime Minister Modi said it was a serious challenge."PM Modi was assured that Russia and China would support this (global conference) on terrorism," Mr Gokhale said here on Friday.Mr Modi also had tweeted, "The RIC meeting was an excellent forum to discuss ways to enhance multilateral cooperation between our nations and work to mitigate challenges being faced by our planet, most notably terrorism and climate change".