In­dia, China play down dif­fer­ences on ter­ror­ism at BRICS meet in Bei­jing

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis spa­tra­nobis@htlive.com

They are ter­ror­ists, they are crim­i­nals and we need to have con­certed ac­tions both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to curb their ac­tiv­i­ties

and China seemed to have played down their dif­fer­ences on cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism from Pak­istan as the foreign min­is­ters of Brics (Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China, South Africa) group forged con­sen­sus on evolv­ing a com­mon strat­egy to com­bat the men­ace here on Mon­day.

In­dia urged the bloc mem­bers to not di­vide ter­ror­ists as “good” or “bad” but adopt a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy to fight in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

“They are ter­ror­ists, they are crim­i­nals and we need to have con­certed ac­tions both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to curb their ac­tiv­i­ties,” min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs VK Singh said.

Singh was in­ter­act­ing with the me­dia af­ter the first stand­alone BRICS foreign min­is­ters’ meet­ing in Be­jing.

He re­it­er­ated In­dia’s call for the ex­pe­dited adop­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Ter­ror­ism at the United Na­tions.

China, the cur­rent chair of the Brics bloc, was quick to join In­dia in con­demn­ing ter­ror. “China op­poses ter­ror in all forms. China is also vic­tim of ter­ror and China is tak­ing part in global ini­tia­tives against ter­ror. With col­leagues to­day in­clud­ing In­dian col­leagues China shares the same po­si­tion,” foreign min­is­ter, Wang Yi said re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from HT on ter­ror and the dif­fer­ences within the bloc on the is­sue.

Singh’s com­ments come days af­ter China said it was op­posed to “dou­ble stan­dards” in fight­ing ter­ror­ism ahead of the first Brics foreign min­is­ters’ meet­ing.

“On the counter ter­ror­ism we have a clear cut po­si­tion that ter­ror­ism is the com­mon en­emy of mankind. We op­pose any dou­ble stan­dard adopted by the coun­tries in counter ter­ror­ism ef­forts,” Lu Kang, foreign min­istry spokesper­son said the reg­u­lar min­istry on Fri­day.

PTI

Min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs VK Singh meets Chi­nese foreign min­is­ter Wang Yi for a meet­ing in Bei­jing on Sun­day.

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