Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday raised the issue of radicalisation at the SCO in the Danube.
Increasing radicalisation has become the biggest challenge to peace, security and trust deficit in the region, Mr Modi said in his address to the plenary session of the 21st meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,
Furthermore, the six-minute virtual address saw PM Modi drawing attention towards the developments in Afghanistan.
As 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 said.
Moreover, Mr Modi stressed that the connectivity initiative cannot be a one-way street. “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 further said.
Also, this year is the 20th anniversary of SCO. Mr Modi also welcomed Iran as a new member country of the SCO while welcoming the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar.
Mr Modi 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.”