India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have “strongly condemned” extremism and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations.
Expanding their co-operation in extremism and terrorism, India and the United Arab Emirates have pointed out that it is the responsibility of all states to control the activities of the “non-state actors” and curb all support to terrorists on their soil.
In a joint statement issued by India and UAE, after the three-day visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, both the countries have taken a strong stand against state-sponsored terrorism.
“They (the two leaders-PM Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi) reiterated their condemnation for efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as instrument of state policy,” the statement said.
It further went on to say:
“They deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and pointed out the responsibility of all states to control the activities of the so called ‘non-state actors’, and to cut all support to terrorists operating and perpetrating terrorism from their territories against other states.”
PM Narendra Modi with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Through this statement, India hinted at Pakistan and UAE at Iran’s activities.
It also comes in the aftermath of the Pathankot terrorist attack that India has said was carried out from Pakistani territory. The UAE was among the countries that came out in India’s support within hours of the attack.
that this can be taken as a rebuke to Pakistan for not taking action against international terrorists as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The two countries have also decided to have annual policy dialogue to discuss peace and security in the region.
They have also agreed to work together towards the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
Islamic State terrorists
PM Modi and Sheikh Mohamed also talked about growing phenomenon of religious intolerance and radicalisation, which has been witnessed worldwide.
The statement said: “The two leaders commended each other on their efforts to build pluralistic societies based on universal values of humanity and peaceful co-existence among different faiths and communities.”
Pakistani Christians protest against the suicide bombing in All Saints church in Peshawar
On the economic front, UAE has expressed its interest to invest in India’s infrastructure development.
“The two sides agreed to further business-to-business cooperation in information technology (IT), information technology-enabled services (ITeS), and electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM),” the statement said.