External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the 6th meeting of Foreign Ministers at the Conference of Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia(CICA) hosted by Kazakhstan. In the meeting, Jaishankar appealed to the international community to unite against terrorism and also took a jibe at terror propagating organizations and countries. The External Affairs Minister termed terrorism as the “biggest enemy” of peace and development and said that the international community must stand against it just like it does on issues like climate change.
“If peace and development is our common goal, the biggest enemy we must overcome is terrorism. In this day and age, we cannot countenance its use by one state against another. Cross-border terrorism is not a statecraft; its simply another form of terrorism,” S Jaishankar spoke at the conference.
The minister seemingly took a swipe at Pakistan for allegedly supporting Taliban in Afghanistan. He said, “Any calculations that extremism, violence, radicalization and bigotry can be used to advance interests is a short-sighted one. Such forces will come back to haunt those who nurture them,”.
S Jaishankar’s veiled attack at China:
The Minister of External Affairs, in his speech at the CICA, launched a veiled attack at China’s BRI.
The BRI(Belt and Road Initiative) is a global infrastructure development project of China. The aim of this project is to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via roads and maritime networks.
“As we build modern arteries of commerce, it is essential that the most basic principles of international relations are observed. It is also important that the connectivity building is a participative and consensual exercise, based on financial viability and local ownership. They must not serve agendas,” Jaishankar said.
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