Terrorism a pandemic, affecting every society: Vice President Ansari

| Updated: Apr 30, 2017 05:22 IST

Onboard, April 29 (ANI): Terming his two nation visit to Poland and Armenia, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Saturday said that terrorism has become a pandemic and is affecting every society. He was addressing the reporters onboard the aircraft while returning to India after concluding his five-day visit to Armenia and Poland. Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh and other dignitaries were also present. When asked about adopting Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), Ansari said that every country was facing the problem of terrorism in a lesser or greater degree and the problem was understood by everyone. He referred to the time when he was the permanent representative of India to the United Nations in New York in 1994, when India had introduced a proposal on CCIT and it was struck because there was a difference in perception with regard to defining a terrorist. He further said that while making an international agreement, all kinds of legal problems come up and those who do not want this to make progress, come up with legal technicalities. "It is an excuse on part of some countries to try to avoid committing themselves," he added. The Vice President said that both Armenia and Poland were very friendly countries and were able to regenerate interest in mutual cooperation Referring to Poland, the Vice President said that it was the biggest economy in Central Europe and we have an expanding trade with them. The Vice President said that he had suggested to the Polish leadership for the country to join the Make in India Programmes. He said that the Polish side reacted very positively to the suggestion and there would be a substantial progress in coming days when Polish President Andrzej Duda visits India. "All in all, the discussions were very focused and very positive and in both countries, the results have been satisfactory," he added. On April 24 vice President Ansari, who reached Yerevan, the Armenian capital and met the top leadership of the country, including the president and the prime minister. Three agreements were signed in cultural cooperation, youth affairs and the peaceful use of space. In Warsaw, Poland communicated to India that it supported India's permanent membership at the expanded UN Security Council. Ansari met the Indian community in Poland and encouraged them to bring more business and investments into India. An MoU was signed in the field of agriculture and he inaugurated a new embassy complex in Warsaw. (ANI)