NEW DELHI : Days after Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was gunned down by US security troops, minister of state for home affairs G. Kishan Reddy said in Melbourne (Australia) that his elimination would not ensure the destruction of the Caliphate.

Leading a five-member delegation to the “No Money for Terror" ministerial conference in Melbourne, Reddy stated that India was deeply concerned over the “tacit support extended by certain nations to terror groups," adding that a united global effort was imperative against all those “who support terror or help generate finances for terror."

“Despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, several active affiliates of Al-Qaeda still exist in many parts of the world. And despite recent elimination of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, there is no room to construe that the Caliphate would cease to survive," Reddy said.

Adding that terrorism was the singular threat to peace, security and development, Reddy stated that nations “must expedite the finalisation of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism under the United Nations." He further added that the standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) “must be effectively enforced and UN listings should not be politicized," adding that discussions on Countering Financing of Radicalisation (CFR), would prevent radicalization.

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