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EAM Sushma Swaraj targets terror at NAM meet

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 relations.

 

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