"This is an opportunity for the world to congratulate the people and government of Iraq for their historic victory over a vicious contemporary menace ISIS, and its allies, who used a volatile fusion of false ideology and barbaric terrorism to become a regional epicentre of upheaval and violence against innocent civilians and legitimate government," Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said while addressing the International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait.
"The answer to terrorism lies in security, prosperity and reaffirmation of sovereignty. The three sustain each other; any indifference or complacency towards any side of this triangle will make the rehabilitation process infructuous," he further stated.
The minister used the occasion to remind the international community of the need for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, a draft of which was proposed by India as early as 1996.
"Terrorism, fundamentalism and extremism are the scourge of the 21st century. We must be united in our defence of pluralism and civilisation without ifs and buts," Akbar added, "There is no 'good terrorism' or 'bad terrorism', all terror is an unmitigated evil. India has always supported a free, democratic, pluralistic, federal and unified Iraq."