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Terrorism impinging on economic growth, says Sushma Swaraj

Spread of terrorism and violence inspired by ‘medieval beliefs’ as well as threat of use of force by nations in territorial disputes have disrupted connectivity impinging economic growth of the South Asian region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

In her address at the inaugural session of Raisina Dialogue, a conclave on geo-economics and geo-politics, Swaraj said modernisation of connectivity besides an environment of trust and confidence were integral to growth and development.

Talking about threat of disruption in connectivity, Swaraj said, “In its most radical form, this emanates from the spread of terrorism, which has mutated to keep pace with the march of technology. As a result, we confront the spectre of cyber attacks even as we struggle with violence inspired by medieval beliefs.” 

Without naming any country, Swaraj said use or threat of use of force by nations in territorial disputes is another source of concern, adding it remains India’s conviction that the logic of larger regional cooperation will prevail over vested interests.

India has been pushing for improved connectivity among the SAARC countries. A key pact to ensure better connectivity among the nations of the bloc could not be finalised in SAARC summit in Nepal last year due to opposition by Pakistan.
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