Expressing serious concerns about the terrorist attacks that took place in Iraq’s capital last month, India called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to focus on eliminating every threat posed by terror groups such as the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)’ in the country and around the world.
Speaking at the UNSC on Tuesday, TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the UN, said the recent terrorist attacks are a “stark reminder” that the ISIL continues to pose a significant challenge to peace and stability in Baghdad.
Expressing solidarity with the government of Iraq and its citizens, he urged the international community to continue to support the Iraqi Security Forces, address the menace of terrorism, and provide an environment free of terror.
“The report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team of the 1267 Committee had mentioned in its report that the threat posed by ISIL to international peace and security is on the rise again and that majority of the active 10,000 ISIL fighters in the region are in Iraq. This is deeply concerning,” Tirumurti said.
The envoy stated that a holistic approach is needed to ensure effective action against terrorism. He noted that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had proposed an eight-point action plan for effectively countering terrorism at the Council’s Ministerial meeting in January.