King Abdullah calls for taking back airwaves from extremists

  • King Abdullah calls for taking back airwaves from extremists

King Abdullah calls for taking back airwaves from extremists

Calling for peace dialogues, Abdullah said, "Jordan is working globally for dialogue in peace".

On Wednesday, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj met with King Abdullah II of Jordan and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

"Those who attack against humanity probably do not understand that they are ultimately harming the same religion which they claim to stand for".

Mr. Modi also spoke of the traditions of Sufi Islam in the country, and the importance of the "Ganga Jumni sanskriti" (culture of confluence) that marked relations between Hinduism and Islam, as well as other religions in the country, that marked India's unique position.

He was accompanied by Jordan's King Abdullah II who is on a three-day India visit. The King's visit comes almost three weeks after PM Modi traveled to Jordan as part of his trip to West Asia, including Palestine. King Abdullah arrived in India on Tuesday and was accorded a grand welcome with Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving him at the airport.

The visiting King of Jordan Abdullah II yesterday said the global battle against terror was not a fight among different religions but a fight against extremism, hate and violence. "We need to take back the airwaves and the Internet from the voices of hatred".

"Indian democracy is a celebration of age-old pluralism", he said.

It was a befitting welcome remark from Narendra Modi to the King of Jordan who championed the inclusive interpretation of Islam through the Amman Message, which assumed global significance against the backdrop of increasing radicalization and terror attacks. He was speaking at the conference on Islamic heritage: Promoting understanding and moderation at Vigyan Bhavan.

India has around 170 million Muslims which is around 15 per cent of the country's total population.

He said, "Jordan is working globally for dialogue in peace".

The Framework recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent the supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence.

"The agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries", an official statement said. "This is my faith, this is the faith I teach my children and the faith shared by 1.8 billion people across the world - a quarter of humanity", Abdullah said.

He added, "Too much of what is heard in the news and what is seen about religion today is what separates people".