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Stop Linking Terror To Religion, Says Sushma Swaraj At SCO Summit

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| December 2 , 2017 , 11:17 IST

Indian Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj recently addressed the issue of terrorism at the 2-day SCO summit in Russia's Sochi on Friday. She demanded a better intelligence sharing mechanism for the member countries while claiming that the global challenges are ever-present in the economy.

While speaking at the annual meeting of the security group, she enforced that terrorism could not be linked to any religion or ethnic group. Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, she believes that the crime has no justification.

Swaraj claimed that the country is determined to strengthen its association with the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) framework while seeking comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security by working together with the corporation.

India and Pakistan are the newly inducted members of the central Asian group which is dominated by China and Russia. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi was present at the summit to represent the nation was congratulated by Swaraj for the membership.

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While addressing the meet, Sushma said, "Furthermore, we must reaffirm that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group. It is a crime against the entire humanity."

She further added, "India, therefore, urges all nations to enhance cooperation in intelligence sharing, law enforcement, developing best practices and technologies, mutual legal assistance, extradition arrangements, capacity building amongst other measures, for countering terrorism."

The minister went ahead and appreciated the nation's connectivity to Afghanistan through the operationalisation of the Air Freight Corridor between Kabul, Kandahar and New Delhi which improved the trade and investment for both countries.

"Greater involvement of the Central Asian countries in the economic development of Afghanistan especially through enhanced trade, investment and connectivity would serve the purpose of consolidating peace and security in our region," Swaraj said.