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SCO must strengthen network among moderate institutions associated with Islam: Modi

Modi said root cause of problems facing region is increasing radicalisation

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Addressing the summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Dushanbe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned of the risks of radicalisation in the Central Asian region.

Speaking virtually, Modi observed, "I believe biggest challenges in region are related to peace, security and trust deficit. Root cause of problems facing region is increasing radicalisation. Recent developments in Afghanistan have made challenge posed by radicalisation more clear."

Calling for strengthening institutions associated with Islam, Modi said, "SCO should work to develop strong network among moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam". Modi observed, "Fight against radicalisation is not only needed for regional security and trust but also to ensure bright future of youth."

Emphasising the attractiveness of India as a market, Modi said, "India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that landlocked Central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India's vast market".

Modi cautioned, "Any connectivity initiative cannot be a one-way street; connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory."

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