In a stern message to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in their joint statement strongly pitched for a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach towards terrorism. In the statement signed after their bilateral talks in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Thursday, the two leaders asked Islamabad to bring to book the perpetrators of terror strikes, including those involved in the Mumbai (2008) and Pathankot (2016) attacks. They also called upon international community to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists.
Making it clear that India and Japan will be intensifying their collaboration in the counterterrorism measures, Modi and Abe in their joint statement underlined the need for all countries to ensure that their territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other nations. They also expressed resolve towards strengthening international cooperation to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.
“They emphasised the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and Intelligence. They called for enhanced bilateral cooperation in this regard,” the joint statement said. India and Japan will jointly hold a consultation on terrorism in the coming months.
While condemning the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism, the two PMs shared the view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is a global scourge that must be forcefully combatted through concerted global action in the spirit of “zero tolerance”. Accordingly, the leaders called upon all UN-member countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities and emphasised the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and Intelligence.
The two PMs also reiterated their desire and determination to work together to maintain and promote peace, stability, and development in the Indo-Pacific region while reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation, overflight and unimpeded lawful commerce in accordance with international laws.
“They also highlighted the importance of peaceful resolution of disputes, including through full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force, and in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, notably the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” the statement said.