Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sri Lanka’s top leadership including President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday and the two sides agreed that terrorism is a “joint threat” that needs collective and focussed action, weeks after the island nation witnessed the worst jihadi attack. Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks in April. His visit is considered as a sign of India’s affirmation of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the attacks. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistExternal Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the two leaders discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. A banquet was hosted in honour of Prime Minister Modi by President Sirisena. Modi also received a special gift, a replica of the Samadhi Buddha Statue, from “special friend” Sirisena. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi’s entourage made a detour to St Anthony’s church – one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attacks – on their way from the airport to the Presidential Secretariat, where a red carpet welcome awaited. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceModi paid tributes to the victims of the deadly terror strikes at the church and said the “cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka”. “I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” said Modi. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war ended in 2009. The Islamic State has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. After paying tributes to the victims of the Easter attacks at the Catholic church, Modi arrived at the President’s House where he was accorded a ceremonial reception. President Sirisena held an umbrella to provide cover to himself and Prime Minister Modi from rain. Modi also planted a sapling of an evergreen Ashoka tree at the President’s House. Prime Minister Modi held “fruitful discussions” with his Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Assured India’s full support to further strengthen bilateral development partnership including through people-oriented projects in Sri Lanka,” Modi said after his meeting with Wickremesinghe. Modi also held an extensive meeting with the Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed the need for close collaboration between the two countries in the fields of counter-terrorism, security and economic development. A Tamil National Alliance delegation led by R Sampanthan also called on Prime Minister Modi and congratulated him on his electoral victory. Modi termed his visit to Colombo “immensely fruitful”. Modi arrived in Colombo from the Maldives where he held wide-ranging talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday.
Rabat – Saddened by the news, Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco emphasized that Mohamed Morsi died due to the “systematic negligence” he suffered in prison.“He was accused of treason, but the traitors were the ones who usurped the will and sovereignty of the Egyptian people and killed hundreds [of them],” said the prince on his Facebook page.. Moulay Hicham said that Morsi made “political mistakes, but he still embodies democratic legitimacy.”“Sooner or later, the same legitimacy will be imposed again in Egypt. The case of Morsi the tragedy of all Egyptians demanding democracy and whose fate is torture, disappearances, detention, and exile.”Several public figures mourned the death of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president.Read Also: Ahmed al-Raissouni Blames Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE for Death of Mohamed MorsiThe president was buried today, Tuesday June 18, in Cairo, a day after collapsing and dying in an Egyptian court in Cairo on Monday, June 17.Today in Istanbul, thousands joined funeral prayers in absentia for Morsi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attended the prayers.After the prayer, Erdogan commented on the death of his close ally, saying that he does not believe that Morsi died of natural causes.“Mohammed Morsi walked to join God during the trial. Whether this was a normal walk, or there were some other conditions involved, this is something to think about,” he said. “I don’t believe that this was a normal death,” Erdogan added.
Pastoralists are nomadic or semi-nomadic people who draw on traditional knowledge of weather and vegetation to maintain social and economic systems based on raising and herding livestock, usually in harsh environments.The 120 pastoralist leaders from 23 countries at the Global Pastoralist Gathering in the remote South Omo trading village of Turmi, 13 hours’ drive from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, looked at their roles in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) drawn up at a UN summit in 2000 to halve extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.Some 100 representatives of Governments, international organizations, NGOs and other bodies joined them under tents for sleeping and under trees for discussion, organizer Patta Scott-Villiers from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.”You are most knowledgeable about your problems,” the UN Development Resident Coordinator for Ethiopia, Modibo Touré, told the gathering, adding that their concerns would be included in development planning.At the end of the five-day conference on 2 February, the participants concluded that their biggest concern was the loss of traditional rights to grazing land. In addition, by 2015 their access to education, health care, safe water, markets, economic progress and legal protection would have declined unless substantial new investments were made.Their mobility should be recognized, their routes and environmental guardianship respected and their land rights clarified and secured as part of an economic, social and cultural system, they said.National and regional authorities differ in their treatment of pastoralists, OCHA said. West African governments recognize their need to cross borders freely with their herds. The Spanish and Indian Governments support their production and South America has developed strong pastoralist organizations.