India with help of SCO will fight the menace of terrorism: Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pledged to fight ‘the menace of terrorism’ in south and central Asia with the help of Shanghai Cooperation Council.

Addressing the members of the SCO, he said, “Terrorism is fast emerging as a major threat in the region. India with the help of SCO will fight this menace.”

He also talked about the need to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said, “It’s every Afghan’s right to have peace and stability in Afghanistan. Peaceful Afghanistan will ensure that the entire region has peace.”

Modi also congratulated Pakistan for being included in the SCO.

The prime minister also highlighted what he felt was India’s success story on economic front. According to him, India was now growing ‘7-7.5 percent’ every year and it was ready to play an important role in the development of the SCO member countries.

Earlier on Friday, Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, and both formally agreed for a National Security Advisers meet in New Delhi to discuss terrorism.

The leaders of India and Pakistan had held talks on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Russia.

An announcement was later made by India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar confirming the NSA meet in New Delhi.

PM Modi also accepted an invitation from Sharif to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting in Pakistan in 2016.