Baghdadi’s elimination does not interpret ‘end of Caliphate’: Reddy

G. Kishan Reddy
MoS Home G. Kishan Reddy while attending ‘No Money for Terror’ conference in Melbourne, Australia

New Delhi (NVI): Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy while calling for a united global effort against terrorism, asserted that the elimination of IS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi does not interpret that Caliphate would not survive in future. 

Addressing ‘No Money for Terror’ conference in Melbourne on November 7, Reddy said, “Despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, several active affiliates of Al Qaeda still exist in many parts of the world.” He cautioned, “Despite recent elimination of IS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, there is no room to construe that the Caliphate would cease to survive.”

Reddy

Stressing India’s concern over the tacit support extended by certain nations to terror groups, Reddy called for a united global effort against all those who support terror or help generate finances for terror and also emphasized “India’s zero-tolerance approach” towards terrorism.

While leading Indian delegation at the conference, Reddy proposed that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards must be effectively enforced and UN listings and FATF should not be politicised.

The minister urged to initiate discussions on Countering Financing of Radicalisation (CFR), which would prevent radicalisation, an essential prerequisite of terrorism. 

Terming terrorism as the single biggest threat to peace, security and development, Reddy urged countries to expedite the finalisation of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism under the United Nations, an official statement said.  

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Meanwhile, he announced that India would host the next ‘No Money For Terror’ Conference in 2020.

The delegation of five-members included high ranking officials along with DG NIA. Besides India, 65 countries were part of the conference. 

The minister would also be leading a terror-focused bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart in Melbourne on Nov 8.

–ps