Politicisation of UN listings should be avoided for Curbing Terrorism: Modi’s veiled swipe at China

New York, Sep 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a veiled dig at China and said that politicisation of mechanisms such as the UN listings and FATF should be avoided to combat terrorism.

PM Modi made the comments while speaking at the Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“The Prime Minister called for qualitative upgradation in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks,” MEA Secretary (West) A Gitesh Sarma told reporters at a briefing while quoting Prime Minister Modi.

“The Prime Minister said that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. For this objective to be realised, we need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF. These mechanisms need to be enforced,” Mr Sarma said.

PM Modi called for global solidarity and readiness against terrorism in the same way the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change.

“He (PM Modi) said a terrorist attack, anywhere in the world should be considered as terrorism, not good or bad terrorism,” Mr Sarma said.

Sharing India’s experiences, PM Modi said that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development were the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terror, extremism and radicalism.

“He suggested institutionalising counter-terrorism cooperation at multi-lateral level. He said India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation in capacity building of friendly countries in this area,” Mr Sarma said.

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