Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that increasing extremism and radicalisation are the biggest threat to global peace, in his address to 21st meeting of the nine-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit (SCO) in Dushanbe. He also mentioned that recent developments in Afghanistan had made this challenge clearer.
In his six-minute virtual address, Modi highlighted India's concerns over regional stability, while saying the summit should develop a shared template to fight radicalism and extremism and work to develop a strong network among moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam.
He asked the SCO member states, to ensure the grouping works closely together on issues like connectivity and trust.
“Today, we can see what is happening in Afghanistan. As SCO members it is a must for us all to ensure that there is no radicalisation and extremism on the rise there,” the Prime Minister said.
He said, “Twentieth anniversary of the SCO is the right time to think about the future of SCO. The biggest challenges in this area are related to peace, security and trust deficit and the root cause of these problems is increasing radicalisation. Recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge clear.”
The Prime Minister further said no connectivity initiative cannot be a one-way project, adding, “to ensure mutual trust, connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory. There should be respect for the territorial integrity of all countries.”
“India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that landlocked central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India's vast market,” he added.
Further, he talked about startups and entrepreneurs and said talented youngsters need to be encouraged towards science and rational thinking. “We can bring our startups and entrepreneurs together to make the innovative spirit towards making India a stakeholder in an emerging technology,” he added.
During the virtual meet, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar joined the SCO as dialogue partners, while Iran joined as a full member.