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.
“Today's global war against terror is not a fight between different religions or people. It is (a fight) between all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence,” King Abdullah II, who is on a three-day visit to India, said in a lecture on “Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation” here.
Sharing the dais with the King, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the fight against terrorism and radicalization was not against any religion but "against a mindset that misguides the young."
“Every religion promotes human values. India has been a cradle of all major religions in the world. Indian democracy is a celebration of age old pluralism," Modi said.
He said all faiths promote human values. "... therefore, our youth should associate themselves with the humanitarian aspects of Islam and should also able to use modern technology."
The Indian PM also said “every religion found life in India and it grew here. Every Indian is proud of this virtue, no matter what language he speaks, no matter what religion he practices.”
“Be it Buddha or Mahatma Gandhi, the fragrance of peace and love has spread across the world from India. India has given the idea of 'Vasudev Kutumbakam' – which means that the whole world is our family. India found its identity in considering the people of this world as their family."
Later, India and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding for defence cooperation and inked 11 other agreements in a range of areas.
The purpose of the over-arching MoU on defence is to promote cooperation between India and Jordan in some of the recognised areas like training, defence industry, counter-terrorism, military studies, cyber security, military medical services and peace-keeping.