United Nations should evolve a common strategy to combat terrorist and destructive forces and that countries supporting terror must named, shamed and isolated, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged.
Addressing a function of the Indian diaspora of Costa Rica in San Jose on Sunday, he opined that the battle for peace included, in the current context, the battle against terror, corruption, climate change, illicit money and arms flows and drugs menace.
Reflecting on the terror attack at Pulwama and India’s pre-emptive strikes on terrorist camp run by UN proscribed terror organisation, the Vice-President called for a united, global response to the pervasive menace of terror.
He expressed hope that “if all the countries in all of the world can speak with one voice against terrorism, we would be successful in creating a more peaceful world in which we lead meaningful, peaceful, happy lives free from fear and violence.”
“The fight against terrorism is a fight that has to be fought collectively. It is a fight that must be fought to the finish,” he added.
India, he said, has been a votary of peace and non-violence since time immemorial. However, he strongly condemned the destructive forces of terrorism that continue to be a festering challenge, distracting the country’s attention from development.
“Peace will not thrive if the forces of terror continue their unchecked run,” he asserted.
At the function attended by the Indian diaspora of Costa Rica in San Jose, he complimented the members of the Indian community for the esteem that they have won for themselves and India because of their high professional competence. He referred to the phenomenal growth that India has been witnessing in the last few years and suggested that the diaspora could further accelerate India’s growth momentum.
“Costa Rica is an important partner of India in Central America,” the Vice President emphasised and noted the close and cordial ties shared by the two countries.
Meanwhile, Naidu told Carolina Hidalgo Herrera, President of the Congress of the Republic of Costa Rica that Costa Rica can benefit from India’s areas of strength, including Information Technology, biotechnology, space technology, pharmaceuticals, hydroelectric generators, power plant equipment and railway construction.
Pointing to the immense scope to deepen ties between the two countries, Mr Naidu told the Costa Rican President that bilateral ties were based on their shared commitment to the pursuit of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, freedom of Press and equitable human rights.