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Need to delink terror from religion, says PM Narendra Modi

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acknowledged that the dreaded terror group Islamic State poses “one of the greatest challenges” facing the international community as he emphasized on the need to delink terrorism from religion as a weapon in the fight against terror.

In a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Modi discussed ways to prevent radicalization of youth and to counter extremist messaging, external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said after the meeting on Friday.

“Both leaders acknowledged that ISIS was one of the greatest challenges facing the international community. The Prime Minister said that there is a need to delink terrorism from religion,” Swarup said.

Modi said the only way to combat international terrorism and the menace of organizations like IS (also known as ISIS) was to have a global response.​​

Referring to the long pending proposal of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, he said the time has now come for the international community to speak on one voice on this important issue and adopt this global convention.

Modi and King Abdullah also discussed the UN Security Council reform.

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