It’s very unfortunate that people still make mistake of distinguishing between ‘good and bad’ terrorists, says Modi while addressing the Maldivian Parliament
IN a veiled attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the humanity is facing today as he urged the world leaders to unite for combating the menace. Addressing the Maldivian Parliament, the Majlis, Modi said that relations between India and Maldives are older than history. “Today I want to emphasise that every Indian was with you for the strengthening of democracy in the Maldives,” he said. Terrorism is not just a threat for a country but to the entire civilisation, he said. “It is very unfortunate that people are still making the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorists and bad terrorists.
“State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the world is facing today,” Modi said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan. India in the past has blamed Pakistan for carrying out terrorist attacks in the country and asked it to stop supporting terror outfits operating from its soil. “The water is now rising above the head,” Modi said as he urged the world leaders to unite for combating the menace. “Combating terrorism and radicalisation is the most accurate test of the leadership in the world,” he said. In support of freedom, democracy, prosperity and peace in the Maldives, India is standing side by side with the Maldives, Modi said.
“Today in Maldives, and in Majlis, I am very happy to be present among you. Majlis took the decision to invite me, in its first meeting after Mohamed Nasheed Ji became the speaker. “Your gesture has touched the heart of every Indian and has enhanced their respect and dignity,” he said at Parliament. “I am very happy that we have signed a deal on the ferry service between the two countries today,” Modi said. Prime Minister Modi and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih reaffirmed their “unequivocal and uncompromising position” against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, both within the region and elsewhere, according to India-Maldives joint statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at Male in Maldives on Saturday. (PTI)
India, Maldives ink 6 pacts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held wide-ranging talks on Saturday as the two countries signed six agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation in key areas like defence and maritime security. The other agreements included on the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, cooperation in customs capacity building between the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India and the Maldives Customs Service. An MoU was also signed between the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Maldives Civil Service Commission on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian civil servants.
A technical agreement on sharing white shipping information between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force was also signed. Prime Minister Modi and President Solih held warm discussions, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. “Mutually beneficial partnership. Warm discussions marked the meeting between PM @narendramodi & President of Maldives @ibusolih. Focus on further deepening our special relationship by expanding cooperation across sectors,” he said on Twitter.
A coastal surveillance radar system and a composite training centre for the Maldives defence forces were jointly inaugurated by the two leaders. After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said that the focus of the various projects that India is undertaking in the Maldives is to touch the lives of people. He said India has agreed on the construction of a Friday Mosque in the southern part of the Maldives where an urban development centre is being built. The two countries have agreed to start a ferry service between Kochi and the Maldives, he said. Prime Minister Modi said that the launch of RuPay Card in the Maldives will give a boost to tourism in the island nation. “There have been discussions over making the defense services stronger in Maldives. India wants a strong relationship with the Maldives and believes that a strong and prosperous Maldives will be in the interest of the region,” Modi said. He said that maritime and defence ties are a top priority and the radar system will boost maritime security. India is committed to help the Maldives in every way possible, he added.
Maldives confers country’s highest honour on Modi
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” on Saturday during his two-day State visit to the country. The prestigious award was presented to Modi by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during a ceremony here. “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” is the Maldives’ highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said on Twitter.
The two-day state visit of Prime Minister Modi is aimed at further cementing ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago. President Solih and Modi exchanged plasantaries upon the Prime Minister’s arrival at Republic Square where he was accorded a ceremonial welcome. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Solih held delegation-level talks as the two countries signed a slew of agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence. The Prime Minister also inspected the guard of honour.