The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres held a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on day two of his three-day visit to Delhi.
The two leaders held discussions on important areas such as UN reforms, SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and the challenges of climate change and terrorism.
The UN Secretary General also denounced terrorism as a plague that affects the world.
This comes even as there has been so far no consensus on the definition of terrorism.
But none the less, the UN Secretary General said that while there is “zero tolerance” towards terrorism, defining the term has been a “complex” problem.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had recently raised the same issue at the UNGA since India had proposed the CCIT (Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism).
To a specific question on the OHCHR report on Kashmir which was a scathing report on the acts of the Indian state in the valley and was rejected by India, the UN chief said, “The HRC is an autonomous area and I don’t discuss their reports. They have their own High Commissioners who play their role,
and countries can disagree with them. Countries can choose not to accept their reports. We need to respect the independence of their mandates”.>