Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Nothing can justify terror: Reuven Rivlin

Narada Desk | November 16, 2016 10:28 am Print
India and Israel on Tuesday agreed to intensify counter-terror efforts to deal with “constant” security threats posed by terrorism.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who is in a 8-day visit in India, said Israel and India are threatened by terror because we uphold the values of freedom and we stand together in defending our people and values.

After a talk with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rivlin said: “Nothing can justify terror. Terror is terror. Terror is terror and terror is terror.”

PM Modi during the meeting, hit out at Paksitan for the “origin and spread” of terrorism. He said India and Israel have agreed on the need for the international community to act with resolve against terror networks and states that harbour them.

“We recognise that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organised crimes. Regrettably, one of the countries of its origin and spread is in india’s neighbourhood,” PM Modi said in a joint press briefing with visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

“We agreed that the international community must act with resolve and determination against terror networks and states that harbour them,” added Modi.

Rivlin also invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Israel. “It will be our privilege to welcome you in Jerusalem,” he said.

The Israeli President arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a week-long state visit – the first by an Israeli President in nearly 20 years.

He recieved a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and met President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. Later, he held bilateral discussions with the Indian delegation at Hyderabad House. Both sides signed agreements to firm up cooperation on agriculture and water resource management.

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