Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that New Delhi fully supports the African Union (AU) position on Libya, and the Addis Ababa declaration adopted at the second India-Africa summit called for a political solution through dialogue and halt to all hostilities that country.
The 53-nation grouping supported Indian bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council as the two-day India-Africa forum summit came to an end in Addis Ababa.
India and Africa on also unequivocally condemned terrorism and piracy in all its forms and manifestation and called for active prosecution of authors of such crimes.
The declaration also called on all countries to ensure that acts of cross-border terrorism do not occur and that their territories are not made a base for terrorists. With the air strikes on Libya rages on, India has aligned with the position of the AU and the roadmap it had drawn for the north African country. " We have discussed the Libya situation at length at the summit, and we fully support the AU position," Prime Minister Singh said at a press conference.
"We call for immediate cessation of all hostilities in Libya and urge the parties in the conflict to strive towards a political solution through peaceful means and dialogue. We express support for the African Union high-level and ad-hoc committee initiative and the AU roadmap for the peaceful and consensual resolution of the conflict", the declaration said.
AU chairman and co-chair of the India-Africa summit Teodore Obiang Nguema Mbasago, pledged support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
"Africa not only expects from India, but will be able to assist India in areas like the UN reforms," Mbasago said in response to a question at the press conference.
"India will be able to count on the support of Africa (for India's bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council," he declared.
The Addis Ababa declaration called on all countries to ensure that acts of cross-border terrorism do not occur and that their territories are not made a base for terrorists."We unequivocally condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. An act of terrorism anywhere is a threat to the entire international community", it said.
"We recognize the need to further strengthen international cooperation to combat global terrorism and for compliance of all member states with all international terrorism conventions and related protocols and United Nations Security Council's resolution on counter-terrorism," the declaration said.
Taking on board serious concerns over the problem of piracy, the leaders strongly condemned kidnapping and hostage taking as well as demand for ransom and political concessions by terrorists groups.
India has voiced its serious concerns over the threats posed by Somali pirates since about 11 per cent of seafarers engaged by international shipping companies are Indian nationals, some of whom have been taken hostage. There have been over 200 attacks, including about 70 successful hijackings and ransoms have been paid to the pirates for securing their release.