Bimstec member states must collectively fight terrorism and violent extremism: S Jaishankar


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that BIMSTEC member states should collectively fight against terrorism and violent extremism, while stressing India’s commitment to intensify and expand areas of cooperation, in particular connectivity, energy and maritime.

Speaking at the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo, Jaishankar also said cooperation on port facilities, ferry services, coastal navigation, network connectivity and motor vehicle traffic are essential.

“We must also collectively fight against terrorism, violent extremism, transnational crime, cyberattacks and drug trafficking,” he tweeted.

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“Underlined our commitment to intensify and expand areas of cooperation, in particular connectivity, energy and maritime cooperation,” he said in another tweet.

“Will encourage active business collaboration and joint projects to this end. Cooperation on port facilities, ferry services, cabotage, network connectivity and motor vehicle traffic is essential,” Jaishankar tweeted. He also thanked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor GL Peiris, for his hospitality.

Jaishanker said he looked forward to the adoption of the charter and master plan at Wednesday’s summit. Besides India and Sri Lanka, BIMSTEC includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

The summit is hosted by Sri Lanka in its capacity as chairman of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the BIMSTEC virtual summit on March 30, which is expected to focus on expanding economic engagement among its member countries.

Jaishankar arrived here on Monday and held bilateral talks with senior Sri Lankan leaders. It is his first visit to the island nation since India extended an economic aid package to pull Sri Lanka out of the current economic crisis.

First post: STI




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