"We have in recent days witnessed the horrific killings of innocent hostages in Syria, the attack on the media in Paris and the tragic killing of school children and their teachers in Peshawar," he said addressing ambassadors and high commissioners who head India's missions abroad.

"Terrorism is today an industry of evil. It is not just a threat to peace and security but an attack on humanity as a whole and civilisation as we understand," he said.

The President said India was one of the oldest victims of terrorism.

"There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism. Terrorism respects no religion, ideology or nation. It (terrorism) is no longer a debating issue. The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action. This great menace and challenge to human values should be faced firmly and squarely through international cooperation," he said.

Mukherjee said India demonstrated dynamism and bold leadership by inviting leaders of the countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to attend the swearing-in of the new government in May last year.

"That initiative must be followed through to its logical conclusion through incisive diplomacy even as we remain firm in protecting our security and putting in place impregnable security mechanisms," he said.

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