Terrorism, online radicalisation pose security challenge to all nations, says Sitharaman

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2017 09:14:44



TERRORISM and radicalisation through social media pose a “serious” security challenge to all countries and a strong collective action is required to fight the “scourge”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Addressing the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting here in the capital of the Philippines, she said the global strategic and security situation was constantly evolving and had thrown up fresh and serious challenges.

“The defence and security scenario in our shared region has also witnessed significant changes recently. Our countries now need to simultaneously prepare for traditional (military) and non-traditional threats,” Sitharaman, who is on her first foreign visit since taking over as India’s first woman Defence Minister last month, said. Terming terrorism a “trans-national phenomena” which needed strong collective action, Sitharaman praised the Philippines for resolutely addressing the threat posed by terrorists.