Deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh strongly objected to raising of the internal matter of India and rejected the politicization of the forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of the summit.
Calling Pakistan to end cross border terrorism and all kinds of state support to the same, Singh said this need to be done in the interest of regional peace and stability.
He asserted India’s stand that terrorism is the biggest threat to the entire humanity in the world today adding that a country that perpetrated a genocide of its own people has no moral right to speak.
The two-day meeting being hosted at the Majlis building in Malé, focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
India is being represented by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and other senior officials. The rest of the agenda includes panel discussions on equal pay, youth employment, nutrition, food security and the regional agenda on delivering the Paris agreement on climate change.
The summit is due to end with the adoption of the Malé Declaration with a summary of conclusions and recommendations.