Amritsar, Dec 4 (IANS) In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged action against those who support and finance terror and endanger peace in the entire South Asian region.
“We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks. Support for peace alone is not enough. It must be backed by resolute action,” Modi said while addressing the inaugural function of the 6th ministerial ‘Heart of Asia conference – Istanbul Process on Afghanistan’ here.
“Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters….”
Modi also emphasised that India’s bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development needs must continue and increase.
He said India’s commitment to Afghanistan is “absolute and unwavering”.
“We also plan to connect Afghanistan with India through an air transport corridor,” Modi said.
He also urged member countries that all should work to build stronger positive connectivity between Afghanistan and other countries of the region.
With Pakistan being represented at the conference by its de facto foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, Modi said mere action against “forces of terrorism” was not enough and the world also needed to act against “those who support, shelter and finance them”.
The two-day conference is being attended by leaders from south and central Asia and several western countries.