Indian PM Urges Global Unity Against Terrorism at Dinner With Obama

Indian PM Urges Global Unity Against Terrorism at Dinner With Obama © REUTERS/ Yuya Shino

16:09 01.04.2016(updated 17:14 01.04.2016) Get short URL

As leaders from over 50 nations gathered in Washington to discuss the nuclear terror threat, India’s PM made a strong call to the world to unite against terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged for greater cooperation between nations in the fight against global terrorism.

“Drop the notion that terrorism is someone else’s problem and that ‘his’ terrorist is not ‘my’ terrorist,” Modi said at the working dinner hosted by US President Obama Thursday night at the Nuclear Security Summit.

​”Terrorism is globally networked, but we still act only nationally to counter this threat,” he said in his statement. “Nuclear security must remain an abiding national priority and all states must completely abide by their international obligations,” he added.

“Terror has evolved. Terrorists are using 21st century technology. But our responses are rooted in the past,” Modi said.

The Indian leader also highlighted “three contemporary features” of terrorism to focus on: “First, today’s terrorism uses extreme violence as theatre. Second, we are no longer looking for a man in a cave, but we are hunting for a terrorist in a city with a computer or a smart phone. And third, state actors working with nuclear traffickers and terrorists present the greatest risk.”

​”Without the prevention and prosecution of acts of terrorism, there is no deterrence against nuclear terrorism,” PM Modi warned the world leaders.

The National Security Summits, one of Obama’s initiatives, have been held since April 2010 with the aim of preventing nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists.

India and other participating nations will share the details of their National Progress Reports — measures taken to bolster nuclear security — at an interactive plenary on Friday.

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