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Threat of terrorism a shared worry: Modi-Erdogan joint press meet

Turkish President had earlier pitched for a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Erdogan, Modi
President Pranab Mukherjee (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (middle) during the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Terming constantly evolving threat of as "a shared worry", and said on Monday that no reason or rationale can validate and pitched for strong action against those who provide shelter and support to such forces.

Prime Minister and visiting Turkish President held comprehensive discussions and took stock of a full range of bilateral relations, including political and economic.

Addressing a joint press event with Erdogan, Modi said, "We live in times where our societies face new threats and challenges every day. The context and contours of some of the existing and emerging security challenges globally are our common concern."

"In particular, the constantly evolving threat from is our shared worry. I held an extensive conversion with the Turkish president on this subject. We agreed that no intent or goal or reason or rationale can validate terrorism," he said.

Modi also strongly pitched for the need to work as one to disrupt the terrorist networks and their financing and put a stop to cross-border movement of terrorists, in an obvious reference to Pakistan-based terror outfits.

"President (Erdogan) and I agreed to work together to strengthen our cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter this menace," the prime minister added.

On his part, Erdogan said, "His country will always be with in its battle against terrorism... And terrorists will be drowned in the blood they shed."

Ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan had pitched for a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region.

"We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all," he had told a TV channel in an interview.

The remarks are contrary to the position of India, which maintains that the Jammu and Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between it and Pakistan, and that there is no scope for a third party mediation.

This is Erdogan's first foreign tour after winning a controversial referendum on April 16 that further consolidated his executive powers.

The Turkish leader arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a two-day visit.

First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 16:58 IST