Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to stand united against terrorism during his brief address in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
During his address, PM Modi said that the SCO countries need to facilitate dialogue in the region.
"Literature and culture provide our societies a positive activity, specially they stop the spread of radicalisation among the youths in our society," Modi said.
He described security and peace as "key concerns" in the region. PM Modi highlighted the spirit of the SCO to make a case for greater co-operation between the members to combat terrorism.
"During my visit to Sri Lanka last Sunday, I visited the St Anthony's church, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism which claims the lives of innocents anywhere," the Prime Minister said during his speech.
Prime Minister Modi also called on the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) against terrorism.
Training his guns indirectly at Pakistan, the prime minister said that countries supporting, aiding and funding terrorism should be held accountable.
It is well known that terrorism originating from Pakistan claims innocent lives in India. Terror-groups enjoy patronage from the Pakistani state at there are countless safe havens for terrorists inside Pakistan. However, Pakistan has largely been able to shield itself from global pressure to act comprehensively against terror groups on its soil.
PM Modi's statement assumes significance in this context.
The SCO is a China-led group and China has always been supportive of Pakistan bilaterally as well as internationally. China's political might has often shielded Pakistan on the international stage.
(With inputs from PTI)
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