Vastavam web: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion as she urged the international community to enhance cooperation to combat the scourge which is a “crime against the entire humanity”.Swaraj, who is here to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) a China-dominated security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO said that India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“I bring warm greetings and best wishes from our Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the success of this meeting,” the minister said.Swaraj said that there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism.”We are determined to consistently strengthen cooperation within the SCO framework, and to work together, to seek comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security.”We must reaffirm that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group. It is a crime against the entire humanity,” she said while addressing the 16th meeting of Council of SCO heads of governments.
“We want connectivity to pave the way for cooperation and trust between our societies. For this, respect for sovereignty is essential. Inclusivity, transparency and sustainability are imperative,” Swaraj said.Connectivity with Afghanistan is an important priority sector for India, and has improved with the operationalisation of the Air Freight Corridor between Kabul, Kandahar and New Delhi this past June, she said.On economy, Swaraj said that challenges before the global economy continue to persist.
“Slowdown in the world economy accompanied with increasing tide of protectionism and policy uncertainties will require measures of matching proportions.”In the background of sluggish economic growth in the world, India’s economic growth is expected to accelerate in the long-term and we would like the other SCO members to be part of India’s growth story,” she added.India’s membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan’s entry into the grouping was backed by China.
India had been an observer at the SCO since 2005. It has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.