India has called for adopting a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari while delivering an address at the National Defence College in Nigerian capital Abuja yesterday, said, there is a need to restructure the international legal framework to counter the menace of terrorism as it has a global presence. Mr. Ansari said terrorism can only be defeated by organised international action.
Mr Ansari also said, the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is to be unequivocally condemned. He said, societies that stand for peace should increase their cooperation and strengthen efforts to prevent supply of arms to terrorists, disrupt terrorist movements, and curb and criminalise terror financing. He said, countries must help each other by sharing intelligence, securing cyber space, and minimising the use of internet and social media for terrorist activities. Mr Ansari said, aberrations must be resolved in a transparent and just fashion as public perceptions are important.
The Vice President also said, considering the diverse security challenges, stronger India-Nigeria relations would not only be mutually beneficial, but would also add to the regional and global security. Later, Mr Ansari reached Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, on the penultimate leg of his two-nation visit to West Africa.