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World must take determined action to end terrorism: President

Citing the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school, President Pranab Mukherjee today said international community must assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims.



New Delhi: Citing the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school, President Pranab Mukherjee today said international community must assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims.

"Terrorism is today an industry of evil. It is not just a threat to peace and security but an attack on humanity as a whole and civilisation as we understand.... The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," he said addressing the sixth conference of ambassadors and High Commissioners, who head Indian Missions abroad.

The President stressed that this great challenge to human values should be faced firmly and squarely through international cooperation and efforts should be made to mobilise the world to take concerted and determined action against the menace.

"We have, in recent days, witnessed the horrific killings of innocent hostages in Syria, the attack on the media in Paris and the tragic killing of school children and their teachers in Peshawar.

"India is one of the oldest victims of terrorism. There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism. Terrorism respects no religion, ideology or nation. It is no longer a debating issue. The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," Mukherjee said.

The President called upon India's Ambassadors and High Commissioners to apply themselves to how this challenge can be addressed and to come up with ideas on how to mobilise the world to take concrete action that will mitigate and end this menace. PTI

The US President was "our honoured guest for Republic Day. The visit was of substantive importance and not just symbolic. This has happened for the first time that the US President has visited India twice in office. Obama even had detailed interactions and summit level talks here," Mukherjee said.

Visits by Russain President Vladmir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently were a result of India's new vigour in its foreign policy, he added.

Talking about challenges posed by terrorism across the globe, he cited the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school and said international community must assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims.

"Terrorism is today an industry of evil. It is not just a threat to peace and security but an attack on humanity as a whole and civilisation as we understand.... The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," he said.

The President stressed that this great challenge to human values should be faced firmly and squarely through international cooperation and efforts should be made to mobilise the world to take concerted and determined action against the menace.

"We have, in recent days, witnessed the horrific killings of innocent hostages in Syria, the attack on the media in Paris and the tragic killing of school children and their teachers in Peshawar.

"India is one of the oldest victims of terrorism. There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism. Terrorism respects no religion, ideology or nation. It is no longer a debating issue. The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," Mukherjee said.

The President called upon India's Ambassadors and High Commissioners to apply themselves to how this challenge can be addressed and to come up with ideas on how to mobilise the world to take concrete action that will mitigate and end this menace.

The President said India and its diplomatic Corps have a important role to play in the new changed world order and avenues like the Doha talks or WTO trade and commerce meetings.

"We were able to strike a deal in the WTO that enabled progress in trade liberalisation without comprising on our freedom to take measures essential for our food security. The Prime Minister has been personally reaching out to the Indian diaspora," he added.

"The institutional arrangements of converting the globe into a global village have been initiated. Those days are gone when balance of power was the most important element in foreign policies of countries," he said.

He urged the diplomats to take forward India's stand in international foras like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Doha trade talks.

Mukherjee said the concept of food security that is promoted by India is that food should be available to the needy and trade facilitations should be enhanced.

Mukherjee said he appreciated the hard work, exemplary courage and diplomatic skills of these officials.

He also congratulated newly appointed Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and said his selection has come at a "very crucial stage" when India's external affairs and foreign relations are taking a "new turn of policies after a new government began its journey."

The President said many opportunities are opening up in terms of Indian students going abroad for higher studies and overseas scholars coming to India for the same and the diplomats have to work to enhance these liaisons.  

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