India once again raised the issue of menace of terror
and underlined the importance of tackling the scourge at the international
stage and it will not be tired of repeating its caution against the most
destructive inhuman terrorism.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while
addressing the 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in
Azerbaijan's capital Baku said terrorism is one of the foremost threats to
international peace and security as it maims and kills innocent citizens. She
said that terrorism severely undermines the ability of nations to attain
development goals. She rued the fact the words have not been matched by action
as far as efforts to combat terrorism go.
External Affairs Minister said that while the global
community is engaged in serious discussion on the need to tackle environmental
imbalance and protecting the environment, India has gone ahead and forged
International Solar Alliance with France.
Already more than 60 countries have joined alliance to
promote greater use of solar energy.
While addressing the meeting, the Minister said: A
strong desire was voiced by the international community for change and reforms
at the United Nations Secuirty Council. India decided to increase its
contribution to the UNRWA budget from USD 1 million to USD 5 million. The
global challenges including nuclear escalation, armed conflicts, refugee flows,
terrorism, poverty and worsening environmental degradation require more
effective joint efforts. Genuine global partnerships have to be forged if the
SDGs are to be achieved. Financing for Development is, therefore, of utmost
importance to NAM countries.
The Minister said, NAM has been a votary of universal,
non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament and of pursuit of that
goal through multilateralism and that India remains committed to the shared
goal of the global elimination of nuclear weapons.
External Affairs Minister also signed two documents
with Azerbaijan, on visa waiver for diplomatic, official and service passports
holders and cooperation between diplomatic training institutes. A day earlier
she met the foreign minister of Venezeula and discussed important bilateral