New Delhi, Oct 4, 2016: Amid growing tensions between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described cross-border terrorism and radicalisation as “grave challenges to our security” while visiting Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong condemned terrorism in all its forms.
Modi said in a joint press statement with Lee after delegation-level talks between the two sides: “Rising tide of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism, and the rise of radicalisation are grave challenges to our security.”
“They threaten the very fabric of our societies,” Modi said.
“It is my firm belief that those who believe in peace and humanity need to stand and act together against this menace,” Modi added.
The Prime Minister’s statements came following the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an army unit at Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri that resulted in the death of 19 Indian soldiers and the attack on an army camp at Baramulla on Sunday in which a BSF ranger was killed.
Following the Uri attack, India pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, citing Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism as the reason.
The Indian Army also carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in which “significant casualties have been caused by the militants and those who are trying to support them”.
In Tuesday’s joint press statement, Singapore’s Lee, while condemning terrorism in all its forms, extended his condolences to the families of the victims of the Uri attack.
Modi said that India and Singapore have agreed “to enhance our cooperation to counter these threats, including in the domain of cyber security”.
Earlier on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Lee here.
The Singapore Prime Minister, accompanied by a high-level delegation, arrived here on Monday on a five-day bilateral visit to India.
Lee will call on President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday before leaving for Udaipur where agreements are expected to be signed between Singapore and the Rajasthan government.