Mumbai: Forces of extremism, radicalisation and violence “come back to haunt those who nurture them”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
External Affairs Minister, while addressing the sixth meeting of foreign ministers of the Conference of Dialogue and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Kazakhstan, also said that cross-border terrorism is not a state art but another form of threat.
Describing terrorism as the “greatest enemy” of the shared goal of peace and development for CICA members, he called on the international community to unite against this menace, as it does on issues such as climate change and pandemics.
“If peace and development is our common goal, then we must overcome the greatest enemy, terrorism. In this day and age, we cannot face its use by one state against another. Cross-border terrorism is not governance. It is another form of terrorism,” he told the gathering.
“Any calculation that extremism, bigotry, violence and bigotry can be used to advance interests is too short-sighted. Such forces will come back to haunt those who nurture them. Lack of stability will also undermine our collective efforts to get Covid under control. The situation in Afghanistan is, therefore, of grave concern,” he said, PTI reported
In his speech, Jaishankar also made a veiled attack on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and said that at the heart of all connectivity projects should be respected for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.
”As we build these modern arteries of commerce, it is essential that the most basic principles of international relations are observed. It is also important that connectivity building is a participative and consensual exercise, based on financial viability and local ownership. They must not serve other agendas,” he said.