Jaishankar: Block all channels of finances for terrorism without distinction

Jaishankar addressed the SCO conclave, emphasising that ignoring terrorism would harm the security interests of the group.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Indian flag, Indian High Commission, London, pro-Khalistanis
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During a meeting on Friday (May 4), India urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to concentrate on combating terrorism, with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasizing the need to stop the menace in all forms, including cross-border terrorism, in an indirect reference to Pakistan.

In the presence of Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, China’s Qin Gang and Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, Jaishankar, in his address at a conclave of the SCO, said taking the eyes off terrorism would be detrimental to security interests of the grouping.

The external affairs minister said the channel of finances for terrorist activities must be seized and blocked without distinction.

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While the world was engaged in facing COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, the menace of terrorism continues unabated, he said, in remarks seen as directed at Pakistan.

“We firmly believe that there can be no justification for terrorism and it must be stopped in all its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism,” he said.

Jaishankar said combating terrorism is one of the original mandates of the SCO.

In his remarks, he also welcomed the delegates at the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in this beach resort.

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“I am delighted to host you under the first-ever Indian presidency of SCO,” he said.

He said India attaches great importance to development of multifaceted cooperation in the SCO and to promotion of peace, stability and closer interaction among the people of the member nations.

As a result of COVID-19 pandemic and geo-political upheavals, the world today is facing a multitude of challenges and that these events have disrupted the global supply chains, he added.

In Afghanistan, he said the unfolding situation in the country remains at “centre of our attention”.

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Our efforts should be directed towards the welfare of Afghan people, he said.

Our immediate priorities in Afghanistan include providing humanitarian assistance, ensuring a truly inclusive government, combating terrorism and preserving rights of women, children and minorities, Jaishankar said.