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Bahrain, India send stern message to terror-sponsoring states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the Ceremonial Welcome, at Al Gudaibiya Palace, in Manama, Bahrain on Saturday. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 25, 2019, 09.07 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Shivani Kumar

India and Bahrain have sent a stern message to countries supporting terrorism with the joint statement calling out countries who support terror. The statement urged countries to dismantle terror bases and reject use of it as a state policy. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Bahrain during his ongoing 3-nation tour and met the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and PM Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The Joint statement said, "Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice."

Though no names have been mentioned, the focus is clearly on Pakistan who has been supporting terrorist camps responsible for attacks in India including the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed around 40 Indian security personnel.

"Both sides reaffirmed their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators and their motives," the joint statement also stated.

Manama and New Delhi also agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism and the exchange of intelligence and information. They also agreed to work in the field of cybersecurity to restrict the use of cyberspace for terrorism and radicalisation.

On August 9, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called Bahrain's king to brief him about India's internal decision to remove a special status for Jammu and Kashmir but he only got a muted response.

"King of Bahrain..hoped that all issues would be resolved through dialogue", a release from Pakistani PMO said.
 
During PM Modi's short visit, the groundwork for RuPay card, India's answer to visa was launched with Memorandum of Understanding being signed between BENEFIT and NPCI.
 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Bahrain during his ongoing 3-nation tour and met the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and PM Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.