Amritsar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the gathering at the Heart of Asia conference here is to re-affirm the commitment of the international community to durable peace and lasting political stability in Afghanistan which is now facing gravest threat of terrorism and externally induced instability.
“Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity. And, the growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region. As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough,” said Prime Minister Modi at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on Afghanistan addressing among others Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
“It must be backed by resolute action. Not just against forces of terrorism, but also against those who support, shelter, train and finance them.”
“Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters. Third, our bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development and humanitarian needs must continue and increase,” said Modi.
Modi said “our words and actions remain focused at advancing a critical unfinished mission of our time.”
Prime Minister Modi and Afghanistan President Ghani on Sunday also held an ‘important’ bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar.
He said to help Afghanistan the focus is on building and strengthening its social, political and institutional fabric; secure its territory and citizens from external threats; spur its economic and development activity and stitch a stable and prosperous future for its people.
“Indeed, this is also the intent of this conference, aptly captured in its theme, ‘Addressing challenges; Achieving prosperity’,” said Modi.
“We have no doubt about the scale of the challenge. But, we are equally determined to succeed,” he said.