President Pranab Mukherjee has voiced serious concern over terrorism and extremism emanating from India’s neighbourhood, saying it remains a major security threat for India as well as other countries in the region.
“Terrorism and extremism emanating from our shared neighbourhood remains a major security threat for India and for Belarus too,” he said in his address at the prestigious Belarus State University here Wednesday night.
He insisted that addressing this challenge requires greater cooperation among all nations and clarity of purpose.
The President said India has and will always remain committed to peaceful methods in its foreign policy.
Earlier, on the first leg of his two-nation tour, Mukherjee had raised the issue of terrorism while speaking at the Uppsala University in Sweden, where he deviated from his written speech and said world is not free from trouble.
“What is happening in West Asia? What is happening in different parts of the world? Whatever be the divergence of views, on the issue of terrorism, I am sure that all will agree that terrorism has no respect for any religion,” he had said, adding it believes in nothing but wanton destruction.
“It is important for the international community to face this greatest menace, I would say, not to any country or territory but to entire civilisation. The very existence of human values, the respect for peaceful co-existence, tolerance, pluralism are being dangerously threatened by this,” he had said in a strongly worded speech.
Mukherjee, who is in Belarus on the first-ever State Visit by an Indian President, was conferred upon the Professor Honoris Causa by the Belarus State University.