The Prime Minister was addressing the Maldivian Parliament when he asked world leaders to get together to fight the menace. He was visiting Maldives for the first time, since his re-election.
He proposed a “global conference” for thwarting terrorism, along the lines of summits on climate change, saying that “the water is now rising above the head”.
PM Modi said, “The way the global community has actively organised summits on climate change, why can’t there be such summits on terrorism? I expect international organisations and prominent countries to organise a global conference on the issue of terrorism within a time frame, so that we can discuss the loopholes exploited by terrorists. If we delay this, future generations will not forgive us.”
He added that it was unfortunate that many still make the distinction between good and bad terrorists, stressing the threat of “State-sponsored terrorism”.
A joint statement was issued between the Maldives and India where the two sides agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism and De-radicalisation.
The two countries inked 6 agreements in the sectors of hydrography, health, passenger and cargo services by sea, Customs capacity-building, training of Maldivian civil servants, and white shipping information.