Baku: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu hit out at Pakistan on Friday for misusing the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) summit “to justify its longstanding policy of conducting cross-border terrorism” against its neighbours.
In his address at the 18th NAM Summit, Naidu regretted that Pakistan President had misused the august forum and said, “Indeed, we speak for the larger region in terms of this deep concern over Pakistan’s behaviour”.
Stressing that Pakistan clearly needed to do much more to earn the confidence of the international community, the Vice President said, “It must decisively abjure terrorism—for its own good, for that of its neighbours and for the good of the world”.
Addressing the Historic NAM Summit at Baku, in Azerbaijan, the Vice President said that the interdependent world today was faced with serious challenges. “Globalisation and unprecedented technological advances are shaping the 21st century in unpredictable and often disruptive ways. As we all strive to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and a better future for our peoples, we must realize that our destinies are linked like never before”, he added.
Assuring its continued support to the NAM, India has asked the six decades-old movements to reorient its focus to remain relevant in the context of the challenges of the modern world.
The theme of the Summit is ‘Upholding Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world’.