End selective approach in dealing with terror: India, Iran

President of Iran, Dr Hassan Rouhani being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.
President of Iran, Dr Hassan Rouhani being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.

NEW DELHI, Feb 17: Pressing for concerted global action to deal with terrorism, India and Iran today called for ending “selective” approach to combat the menace and said countries that aid, abet and support terror groups should be condemned.
The issue of dealing with the challenge of terrorism figured prominently during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
While Rouhani said India and Iran have a “common stance” in effectively dealing with terrorism and extremism, Modi said the two countries want a terror-free world and that they were committed to stop expansion of the powers which encourage terror.
“Iran and India have a common stance on confronting terrorism and extremism, and we are determined to confront terrorism and extremism through culture and the exchange of information and experience,” Rouhani said.
A joint statement said the two leaders expressed their conviction that the fight against terrorism should not only seek to disrupt and eliminate terrorists, terror networks, but should also identify and address conditions conducive to terrorism as well as extremist ideologies.
It said the two leaders called for combating terrorist elements and “complete eradication” of their supportive movements and financial support.
The statement said Modi and Rouhani reiterated their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism.
“They urged an immediate end to all support and sanctuaries enjoyed by terrorist groups and individuals and were of the view that States that aid, abet and directly or indirectly support terrorism should be condemned,” the joint statement said.
It said the two leaders stressed that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group.
“They called on the international community to end selective or partial approaches to combating terrorism and, in this regard, stressed the need to make every effort to reach an agreement on and conclude a comprehensive convention on international terrorism at the UN General Assembly,” the statement said.
It said both sides “endorsed UNGA consensual resolution in 2013 derived from the idea of Iran’s President ‘World Against Violence and Extremism’(WAVE)” and called for combating terrorist elements and complete eradication of their supportive movements, cutting financial support to terrorist groups in particular.
The two sides also inked nine pacts, which included lease contract between Iran’s Port and Maritime Organi-zation and India’s Ports Global Limited (IPGL) to take over operation of existing facilities at the Shahid Beheshti Port — Phase 1 of Chabahar — for 18 months.
Other pacts included avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, ratification of extradition treaty, exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic passports, traditional systems of medicine and establishment of an expert group on trade remedy measures.
In addition to these nine pacts, four more pacts were inked on the sidelines of Rouhani’s visit between the two countries, officials said.
Modi said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity, and described the strategically-important Chabahar as a “golden gateway”, development of which will help in reaching out to land-locked Afghanistan and central Asia.
The prime minister also appreciated the way the Iranian leader provided leadership in developing the Chabahar Port.
Noting that they had “positive talks” on tariff-related issues and banking relations, Rouhani said,”We have decided to expand cooperation in natural gas and petrochemical sector.”
Earlier, Rouhani was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In the morning, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Rouhani and discussed various issues with him. (PTI)

1 COMMENT

  1. Is this a joke? Iran is as bad as Pakistan in its support for terrorism. Maybe even worse. India must choose its partners carefully, especially ones who are committed to expanding Islam and suppressing human rights.