Addressing the inaugural session of the ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit (P20) in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the assembly and touched upon the critical issue of defining terrorism. He expressed his concern about the lack of consensus on a universal definition of terrorism and highlighted that this absence of agreement allows the enemies of humanity to exploit this gap.
PM Modi recalled the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, emphasizing that terrorism poses a global threat, and the international community needs to come together to combat it. He urged parliaments worldwide to consider collaborative efforts in the fight against terrorism.
India, in particular, has grappled with cross-border terrorism for decades, resulting in the loss of countless innocent lives. PM Modi stressed that terrorism is a formidable challenge and a direct affront to humanity, and it is high time that the world acknowledges this reality.
The Prime Minister also cautioned against conflicts and confrontations, citing the Israel-Hamas conflict, emphasizing that these situations do not benefit anyone. He called for a united world that can collectively address the challenges facing humanity and advocated for a human-centric approach to international relations.
PM Modi urged the world to foster global trust and unity by adopting a perspective of “one earth, one family, one future.” He underscored the significance of involving people in tackling global challenges, emphasizing the importance of collective action in addressing these issues.