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One fountainhead and one epicentre of terrorism, says Indian envoy to UK

YK Sinha did not name any country but recalled events in India’s neighbourhood to say that “there are those who believe in promoting terrorism as an instrument of state policy”.

world Updated: Jul 13, 2017 22:42 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
File photo of Indian high commissioner to the UK, YK Sinha.
File photo of Indian high commissioner to the UK, YK Sinha.(HT Photo)

Indian high commissioner YK Sinha told an event of the Indian-Jewish Association on Wednesday that “there is one fountainhead, one epicentre” of terrorism, adding that India-Israel cooperation on terror was an example for the international community.

Speaking at the annual event of the association, Sinha did not name any country but recalled events in India’s neighbourhood to say that “there are those who believe in promoting terrorism as an instrument of state policy”.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Mark Regev counted at least 10 commonalities between the two countries, and said that unlike Europe, there was no history of hatred towards the Jewish people in India.

On the recent attacks on Amarnath pilgrims, Sinha said: “These sort of dastardly acts are not only confined to India. I know that Israel has borne the brunt of terrorism, even the UK has. But here in the UK we are careful in what we say and whom we blame for these attacks.

“But we are clear in our minds where these attacks originate. There is one fountainhead, one epicentre of terrorism, it is important that everybody recognises that. Global cooperation in tackling the menace of terrorism is extremely important.”

John Levy, co-chairman of the association, called Modi’s recent visit to Israel a “joyous encounter” and said the Indian and Israel diaspora with “umbilical links” to their mother countries faced similar challenges in the United Kingdom.

Dolar Popat, member of the House of Lords, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel as the chief minister of Gujarat and introduced Israel’s technology in the area of agriculture and irrigation in the state.