New Delhi/Dushanbe, Oct 12: Raising concern over expanding footprint of terrorism across the globe, India on Friday said terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to global peace and prosperity.
Addressing the members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of Government, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, 'Terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to our common goals of development and prosperity. As the footprint of terrorism expands, governments must assume their national responsibility and cooperate with each other. India has actively supported the SCO Qingdao Summit Leaders’ "Appeal to Youth” against radicalisation of youth.'
This time Tajikistan has hosted the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government in Dushanbe.
Highlighting the benefits of globalisation, the Minister said, 'We must further develop our trade and investment cooperation. We support an open, stable international trade regime based on centrality of the World Trade Organization.'
On ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, Ms Swaraj stated, 'India stands committed to a peace process which is Afghan led, Afghan owned and Afghan controlled, that can help Afghanistan emerge as peaceful, secure, stable, inclusive and economically vibrant nation.'
'In this context, we welcome the signing of the Protocol of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group on the sidelines of the Qingdao Summit. We would be happy to co-host with Afghanistan, the next meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, in India,' she added.
On International Solar Alliance, she added, 'I am happy to inform that United Nations has awarded its highest environmental honour – ‘Champions of the Earth’ award recently to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of France for the initiative of International Solar Alliance. India has also pledged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022.'
India shares the desire of the SCO members for enhanced connectivity.
All connectivity initiatives must be based on the principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, consultations, good governance, transparency, viability and sustainability, the minister added.
India will be hosting the SCO exhibition on 'Shared Buddhist Heritage' next year, aiming to honour and deepen the cultural connect among the member nations. (UNI)