Source: News Bharati English04 Dec 2016 13:06:00

Amritsar, Dec 4: Making an indirect reference to Pakistan for promoting and transporting terror, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the global community to initiate action against those who support and fund terror and endanger peace in the entire South Asian region.

"We must demonstrate a strong collective will to defeat terror networks. Support for peace alone is not enough. It must be backed by resolute action," Modi said in his inaugural address to the 6th ministerial ‘Heart of Asia conference - Istanbul Process on Afghanistan’ here.

“Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters”, he said.

Modi also emphasised that India’s bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development needs must continue and increase.

He said India’s commitment to Afghanistan is “absolute and unwavering”.

“We also plan to connect Afghanistan with India through an air transport corridor,” Modi said.

We must demonstrate a strong collective will to defeat terror network that causes bloodshed and spreads fear, the Prime Minister tweeted. He also urged member countries that all should work to build stronger positive connectivity between Afghanistan and other countries of the region.

With Pakistan being represented at the conference by its de facto foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, Modi said mere action against “forces of terrorism” was not enough and the world also needed to act against ‘those who support, shelter and finance them’.

Our bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development needs must continue and increase, PM Modi said.

The two-day conference is being attended by leaders from the south and central Asia and several western countries.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited the Golden Temple and served in the Langar. He was accompanied by the Afghanistan President Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.