Dealing with terrorism requires cooperation of like-minded nations: Hamid Ansari

By: Ashok Dixit

Jakarta, Nov. 2 (ANI): Vice-President <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Hamid Ansari on Monday said that both India and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indonesia are facing threat from rising extremism and terrorism, adding that dealing with such <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners.

“The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face. Successfully dealing with such <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners. I am glad that we have taken some steps to institutionalize cooperation in this area. We will continue to pursue more regular exchanges between our security personnel,” Vice -President Ansari said in his address here.

He said that non-traditional <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>threats such as piracy, smuggling, transnational crimes and drug-trafficking are on the rise and pose a challenge for countries, adding that dealing with such problems require strong and determined, coordinated action to control.

The Vice-President further said that India has a shared vision for a peaceful region and the seas around it.

“We believe that all trade routes and the sea lanes must be protected from traditional and non-traditional <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>threats and all <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>countries using these international waters must act with responsibility and restraint,” he added.

Stating that India and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indonesia both have a great need for open trade and the sea lanes that carry it, the Vice-President said, “Indonesia’s idea of a Maritime Axis and India’s commitment to the Mausam Project which links the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>countries of the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indian Ocean can bring benefit to us all.”

Vice President Ansari arrived here for his five-day two-nation official visit to <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indonesia and Brunei on Sunday

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indonesia will be the first stopover for the Vice President, who has gone there at the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla. (ANI)

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