Sponsorship of terror through non-state actors a concern: Pranab



Mumbai: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed concern over "sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors".

"A nation's social and economic well-being is intricately linked to the seas, not only for trade, but also (as to) how it faces threats to its security that develop across the seas.

"Sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors, and across the seas, is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation," he said.

The President was speaking at the function to mark conclusion of 'Sagar Parikrama-II', the solo non-stop unassisted circumnavigation expedition undertaken by Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy.

"Historically, India has always stood for peace. Our commitment to peaceful co-existence stems not from weakness but is based on a mature understanding that peace alone can help a nation achieve its objectives of social and economic development," the President said.

"Peace can, however, be sought only from a position of strength-strength sufficient to safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime interests, both economic and strategic," he said.

"Our resolve to achieve sustained high growth can be realized only if our maritime frontiers and assets are safe, stable and act as enablers," Mukherjee said.

"Our country's security situation predicates that the Navy plays a leadership role," he said. "It is indeed a matter of great pride that the Navy continues to discharge its responsibilities with professional excellence and elan, whilst simultaneously building bridges of friendship and goodwill across the oceans," he added.

PTI