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Terror cannot be allowed as foreign policy instrument:

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Slamming for its support to various groups, said today that the time has come for taking a "fundamental" decision that no country should be allowed to use as an instrument of

chief executive Abdullah Abdullah said his country has a "serious challenge" in ties with and that networks based in that country continue to indulge in activities to destabilise


"The forces of darkness and evil cannot prevail forever. But at the same time they can create hindrances, they can create headaches. These are the realities of life," Abdullah said, in an address at the Indian Council for World Affairs, a leading think tank.

He said a decision must be taken once and for all that will not be used as an instrument of pursuing objectives in any part of the world.

That is the "fundamental decision" that has to be taken for the region and beyond, he said, asserting that the global community must show the resolve in the determination to deal with

Talking about the peace process, he said the government has never closed its doors for talks and negotiations, and it was working to bring lasting peace to the country.

Speaking at the event, Foreign Secretary articulated various facets of India's engagement with and said New Delhi remains steadfast in its commitment towards the country.

The CEO also hailed India's contribution towards Afghanistan's reconstruction and said the assistance is making a huge difference to the lives of millions of people in his country.

He also mentioned that 116 new development projects were to be implemented by India and particularly talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "passion" to help his country.

Identifying as the main threat facing the region, Abdullah said there cannot be any classification of groups as "good or bad terrorists".

Referring to Pakistan, he said living in denial from the reality will complicate the situation.

"We have some serious challenges in our relations with There are (terror) groups which are threatening security of and based there and continue to be based there...That is a very serious challenge for us. That is a big challenge for the whole region," said Abdullah.

Talking about Afghanistan's diplomatic engagements and its ties with Pakistan, the Chief Executive, at the same time, said his country will not allow any country to dictate terms over its

"No country has the right of veto over our relationship" with another country, he said.

"If India comes to and says, 'we will build you this clinic but please do not have friendship with Pakistan', our answer would be the same," he said, giving an example.

The Chief Executive said the response would be same in case of the US or Iran, which are close friends of

Abdullah also welcomed the policy announcements by the Trump administration for and the South Asian region, indicating that there is a message in it for Islamabad. He said the policy reflects a rightful role for India in the region.

"I want to tell that wants friendly relations with all countries. The groups are threat to all of us and not just Afghanistan," he said, adding that some of the groups had turned against those who created them.

On Afghanistan's ties with China, Abdullah said the relationship has been good.

Referring to the delay in his arrival in New Delhi following the attack in Kabul airport, he said a tiny minority of terrorists are trying to disturb the opportunities the people of the region have.

"They could cause us some delay. But they cannot stop us. That is my message," Abdullah, who arrived here on a six-day visit yesterday, said.

He also exuded confidence that the region will be able to overcome the challenge of and radicalisation.

"I do not have any doubt in my mind. Wisdom will prevail. Human dignity will prevail. Acts of will be condemned and it will be condemned to failure," he said.

Talking about importance of connectivity, Abdullah said work is going on a number of transport projects.

The Chabahar port project will significantly enhance trade among India, and Iran, he noted. Abdullah said that will receive the first shipment of wheat through Chabahar in a few days time.

Asked whether the government had taken up with the issue of overland transit facility from to India through Pakistan, he said the matter has been discussed with Islamabad.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 15:48 IST
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