Russia and Singapore support India against cross-border terror, Sharif vows to act against militancy?
Indian Border Security Force soldiers take up positions during a mock training exercise in Srinagar. Photograph: (Getty)
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today assured his country's full support to New Delhi as he condemned the September 18 Uri attack in Kashmir during the meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
"Singapore is a firm believer in India, we continue to contribute where we can," he was quoted as saying by Indian news agency ANI. Loong also condemned the death of Indian soldiers during the attack on Indian Army base in the Valley about two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, another news agency, PTI, reported that the two countries have decided to strengthen cooperation in countering threats of rising terrorism.
According to the Indian news agency, Modi termed cross- border terrorism and increasing radicalisation as "grave challenges" that endanger the very fabric of the two societies.
It's pertinent to mention that war of words has intensified between India and Pakistan following last week's surgical strikes by India in Pak-administered Kashmir last week and millitant attack on Indian Army camp in Baramulla on Sunday night. Both the countries accused each other of cross-border firing on Monday.
In the wake of growing Indo-Pak strain, Moscow has also voiced terror concerns with Russia's ambassador to New Delhi Alexander M Kadakin saying that it "welcomes" the surgical strike by India as every country has a right to defend itself. He also insisted that his country had always been with India in fighting cross-border terrorism.
Meanwhile, amid rising international pressure, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated that his government's top policy priority is to "end violent extremism and terrorism in the country".
"War against terrorism and violent extremism is the main component of our national policy aimed at bringing peace and security in the country," Sharif was quoted as saying by PTI.
He was speaking at a meeting today convened to review the progress of National Action Plan (NAP) devised after the 2014 Peshawar school attack to eliminate militancy.
(WION with inputs from agencies)