External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Thursday that ISIS’ financial resources have become more robust. He added that funds continue to flow for terror group, and that rewards for killings now are being paid in Bitcoins.
S Jaishankar addressed a UN Security Council briefing about threats to international security and peace caused by terrorist acts. He said that the Secretary-General’s latest report has served as a stark reminder of ISIS’s continued threat to international security and peace.
The ‘ISIL (Daesh), which is still active in Syria, Iraq, and other countries, and its affiliates, are growing in strength in Africa. ISIL (Daesh’s) financial mobilization has been more successful. The money flows have continued, and the rewards for killings can now be paid in Bitcoins. He said.
S Jaishankar stated that the radicalization of young people by online propaganda campaigns is a grave concern.
He stated that the ISIS’s modus operandi had changed. The core is now focusing on regaining ground and establishing stability in Syria and Iraq. Affiliates are also functioning independently.
S Jaishankar stated that “this evolving phenomenon is extremely hazardous and poses new challenges to our collective efforts against ISIL and terrorists.”
He cautioned, “Let’s always remember that what is true about Covid is even greater true for terrorism: none are safe until all are safe,”
S Jaishankar presented an eight-point plan to eliminate the terror scourge. It includes mobilizing the political will and refusing to glorify terrorism.
‘No double standards. He said that terrorists are terrorists and that distinctions can only be made at our peril.
He stated, “Don’t place block and hold on listing requests without any reason. Discourage exclusivist thinking. Be on guard against false terminologies.
He also stressed the importance of ‘enlisting and delisting objectively, not based on religious or political considerations.
Recognize the connection to organised crime. He added that he would support and strengthen FATF and increase funding for UN Office of Counter Terrorism.
S Jaishankar urged the UN Security Council collectively to build on these principles.
He stated that it was also crucial to end the impasse that prevented the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. India has been a champion for this cause for so many years.
The External Affairs Minister stated that India is at the forefront in global counter-terrorism efforts. India has participated in all major global initiatives to combat international terrorism, and has signed all United Nations sectoral conventions related to terrorism.
“We were happy to play our part in strengthening the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted last month. He reiterated his full support for counterterrorism cooperation under the auspices UN.