India's firm resolve to tackle cross-border terrorism-DEF MIN- PIB- 28-01-2020
Def Min- Shir. Rajnath Singh said that India was engaged in conversations with its neighbour in order to develop joint approaches for regional peace and security.
Calling upon the member countries of the regional outfit SAARC or South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to be united in efforts to defeat terrorism. Stressing the need of the regional unity and cooperation, Shri Rajnath Singh said that India has always harboured the cultural ethos of brotherhood and the traditional knowledge through Vedas, Upanishad has and Puranas have taught the country the strength of unity. Stating that South Asia is at a critical juncture of history where a world of opportunity is beckoning, also said that regional prosperity should not be held hostage to the interests of select states who are obstructing all efforts aimed at regional cooperation.
Intra-regional trade has so far been abysmally low, and underlined the need to transcend the limitations. Talking about the conference and the organisers, he said that such events by the civil society can influence governments through their proactive efforts adding that regional civil society of South Asia has a duty to encourage efforts like this.