Terrorism greatest threat to humanity, says Rajnath Singh

Manama (Bahrain), Oct 24 (IANS) Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that, after World War II, terrorism constitutes the “greatest threat” to humanity, and there should no differentiation between good and bad terrorists.

The Home Minister, who is on a three-day official visit to Bahrain, made these observation during his bilateral meeting with Bahrain Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa here.

“There are no good or bad terrorists,” an official release quoted him as saying.

“Terrorism should be dealt with in a comprehensive manner. Segmented and partial approaches as adopted by some of the countries have been unsuccessful in countering terrorism,” he added.

The visiting minister thanked Bahraini leadership for condemning the recent terrorist attack in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir in September and the Pathankot airbase attack in January this year.

“It is a matter of satisfaction that the world opinion is with India in its resolution to dismantle the launching pads of terrorism from across the border,” Rajnath Singh said.

The Home Minister said that signing of agreement for cooperation in combating international terrorism, transnational organised crime and trafficking in illicit drugs, narcotic and psychotropic substances and precursors chemicals has laid strong foundation for enhanced security and counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries.

He also said that India would like to enhance ties with Bahraini defence and security establishment.

“India is keen to strengthen trade and investment ties with Bahrain and avail of the strategic location of Bahrain as a gateway to the GCC market. While our bilateral trade is healthy and has reached about $1 billion, there is still a huge potential to further expand it,” he added.

Rajnath Singh said that the presence of a large Indian community in Bahrain constitutes an important link between our two countries.

Indians are the largest expatriate community in Bahrain, he added.

–IANS

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