Defence minister Rajnath Singh calls for global efforts to counter cross-border terror | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The gravest threat requiring urgent and resolute intervention by the international community is transnational and cross-border terrorism and “indifference” can no longer be a response as terrorism has found victims globally, defence minister Rajnath Singh said in his address to the ninth Asean defence ministers’ meeting (ADMM) Plus at Siem Reap, Cambodia, on Wednesday.
“Terrorist groups have created inter-linkages across continents backed by new-age technologies to transfer money and recruit supporters. The transformation of cyber-crimes into organised cyber-attacks point to the increasing use of new technologies, by both, state and non-state actors,” he said, apprising the delegates that the UNSC’s committee on counter-terrorism met in October 2022 at New Delhi and “took serious note of these developments”.
He said while terrorism continues to remain a big threat, other security concerns that have emerged in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic can’t be ignored. The ongoing geo-political developments have brought the world’s attention to the challenges of energy and food security, he added.
With the world witnessing increasing strife amplified by disruptive politics and the centre of gravity of global politics and trade shifting, a peaceful Indo-Pacific, with Asean at its core, is vital more than ever for security and prosperity of the world at large, he said.
Singh said as president of UN Security Council in August 2021, India conducted a high-level debate on maritime security, which concluded with the UNSC’s presidential statement on maritime security. “The statement emphasised the fundamental importance of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” he said.
“India calls for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific, based upon respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations…” he added.
With the participation of 10 Asean nations and eight major PLUS countries, ADMM Plus can position itself not just as a forum for regional security but a driver for world peace, Singh said.

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