Rwanda: Vice President Ansari calls for stronger measures for combating terrorism

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Rwanda, Feb 21 (ANI): Calling for stronger ties between India and Rwanda in regard with addressing peace and security related issues, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday asserted that terrorism has emerged as a major impediment amid the quest for peace and prosperity. While delivering a lecture at the University of Rwanda on Rwanda, India and Africa: Imperatives for Cooperation', Vice President Ansari said India and Rwanda share similar views and positions on a variety of global concerns, ranging from combating terrorism and piracy to coordinating our positions in global forums over issues such as reforms at the United Nations, world trade and climate change. "The threat of terrorism has emerged as a major impediment in our quest for peace and prosperity for our people. The spreading tide of terrorism and extremism is a threat that all civilised societies face today. In India we face the threat from across our borders. Terrorist action and violence cannot be justified on any grounds. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and call for strong and concerted international efforts to deal with this menace in a comprehensive manner," said the Vice President. "The reform of political, security and economic institutions of global governance has been a key area of such cooperation, with both Africa and India underlining the urgency of undertaking such reforms, including a meaningful expansion of the United Nations Security Council," he added. Vice President Ansari also took the opportunity to underline New Delhi's effort to combat terrorism in Africa. "India remains committed to ensuring stability and peace in Africa under a genuine multilateral effort led by United Nations. In pursuance of this commitment, India has over 6000 personnel committed to UN peacekeeping duties in Africa. In addition, we have worked bilaterally with our African partners to enhance defence training and capacity building in security domains," said Vice President Ansari. (ANI)