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State-sponsored terrorism biggest threat, world community must come together to fight it: PM Modi at Maldivian Parliament

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In his first travel abroad after taking charge for a second term, on Saturday asserted that state-sponsored is the biggest threat and called the community to fight twin challenge and

"is a danger not just for a country but the entire civilization. State-sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is important for the community to come together to fight the challenge of terrorism and radicalization," he said addressing the Maldivian Parliament, Majlis.

also stressed on the need to have a global conference on terrorism saying, "Terrorism is a danger not just for a country or region but an entire civilization. State-sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is time for a global conference on terrorism."

Stating that the decision to invite him was taken in the very first meeting after became Maldives' parliamentary speaker, Modi said the gesture has touched the hearts of every Indian.

Stressing at the significance of India-Maldivian ties, PM Modi said, "' Neighborhood First' is our priority. Relations between and are older than history. From time immemorial, blue waters have washed our shores. They have also nourished our cultures and civilisations."

He also expressed his delight over being part of India-led and said, "I am happy that is working towards sustainable development and has become a part of the "

In a special gesture, PM Modi promised India's contribution in conservation of and said, "I felt great to have announced today that will contribute in the conservation of There's no such mosque elsewhere in the like this historical mosque made up of coral."

Earlier in the day, was conferred with Nishan Izzuddeen, the Maldives' highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, during his visit to the Island Nation.

The Indian Prime Minister is on a two-day bilateral visit to the Maldives. On his arrival in the country, he received a ceremonial welcome at the in Male.

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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 20:41 IST