Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Maldives, Parliament, Majlis, address, bilateral meeting
PM Modi addressing the Maldivian Parliament. (Image: Twitter)

Attacking Pakistan for its ‘state sponsorship of terrorism’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday highlighted terrorism being the biggest challenge of our times.

The Prime Minister said, ‘Terrorism is not only a threat for a country but for whole Humanity. It is very unfortunate that people are still making the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorists and bad terrorists. State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the world is facing today,” he said in an indirect reference to Pakistan.’

‘Combating Terrorism and radicalization is the leadership test of the world. A terrorist is a terrorist whose hateful ideology has no place on our planet.’ he added. PM Modi also called for action on terror funding.

PM Modi was addressing the Maldivian Parliament (the Majlis) in Male as he landed in the Maldives, his first destination of two nation foreign visit in his second tenure.

PM Modi was conferred with the country’s highest honor – “Rule of Nidhan Izzuddeen”. Maldives’ President – Ibrahim Md Solih presented the prestigious award to him on Saturday.

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Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed a Press Meet after the bilateral meet with Maldivian President Ibrahim.

Thanking the president for the honor, PM Modi said, ‘With $800 million lines of credit, many new development opportunities have been opened in The Maldives. Today, the bilateral cooperation between us is touching the normal lives of citizens across both nations.’

The two countries have also agreed to start a ferry service between Kochi and the Maldives, Modi said. The launch of a RuPay Card in The Maldives will give a boost to tourism in the island nation, he added.

The two countries signed six agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas, including defense and maritime.

PM Modi also gifted a cricket bat to President Solih signed by the Indian cricket team and assured India’s help to promote and develop cricket in the country to consolidate people-to-people relations.

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