“I believe that the biggest challenges in the region are related to the lack of peace, security and trust,” he said in his Virtual Know.
The Prime Minister also said that the recent events in Afghanistan reflect the challenge of growing radicalization, which is the root cause of these problems, and made the challenge more clear.
He also called for developing a strong network between liberal, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam.
“The fight against extremism is essential not only for regional security and confidence, but also for ensuring a bright future for the youth of the region,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. In his statement, the Prime Minister said, we believe that landlocked Central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting to India’s vast market.
At the same time, he also said that no connectivity initiative can be “one-way street” and connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory, and all countries should have territorial integrity.
He also emphasized on encouraging the youth to adopt a scientific and rational approach.
He said at the event that we can bring together our startups and entrepreneurs to create an innovative spirit towards making India a stakeholder in an emerging technology.
They further welcomed Iran as a new member state of the SCO. They also welcomed the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar.
(with inputs from agencies)