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Politicisation of UN listings, FATF should be avoided: PM

Modi made the comments while speaking at the leaders’ dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Updated: Sep 25, 2019, 05.13 PM IST
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“The prime minister said terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. For this objective to be realised, we need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF.
NEW DELHI: The Indian prime minister on Monday called for qualitative upgradation in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks to combat terror even as he indirectly advised China against politicising mechanisms like FATF and UN listings.

In a veiled reference to China, Narendra Modi suggested that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms, while adding that politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF should be avoided for the objective to be realised.

Modi made the comments while speaking at the leaders' dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives at the UN headquarters in New York.

It may be recalled that China was the biggest roadblock against JeM chief Masood Azhar’s listing by UNSC 1267 Sanctions committee and also tried to block blacklisting of Pakistan at FATF.

The PM noted that terrorist attacks anywhere in the world should be considered as an act of terrorism — "not more or less" or "good or bad."

"The prime minister called for qualitative upgradation in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks," MEA secretary (West), A Gitesh Sarma, told reporters at a briefing while quoting Modi.

"The prime minister said terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms. For this objective to be realised, we need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF. These mechanisms need to be enforced," Sarma said.

Modi called for global solidarity and readiness against terrorism in the same way the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change.

Sharing India's experiences, Modi said that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development were the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terror, extremism and radicalism.

"He suggested institutionalising counter-terrorism cooperation at multi-lateral level. He said India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation in capacity building of friendly countries in this area," Sarma said
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