BRICS backs India’s fight against terrorism: Singh

V.K. Singh

V.K. Singh  

Calls for a broad international counter-terrorism coalition

India on Monday urged the BRICS to step up the fight against global terrorism, amid consensus within the group to back economic globalisation and speak with one voice to counter climate change. “On behalf of India, I pointed out that terrorism remains the most potent global menace and threatens global peace,” Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said after the first meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers. “And terrorists cannot be differentiated by calling them good or bad,” he said.

UN convention

Gen. (retd) Singh said the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) supported India’s call for early adoption of a comprehensive UN convention against international terrorism.

A joint statement released at the end of the conference condemned “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever”. It also called for a “genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition” and underscored “the responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories”.

The statement backed the Paris agreement on climate change — a reaffirmation that assumes importance after the U.S. pulled out of the pact. In view of the rise of economic nationalism in the U.S. and parts of Europe, the Ministers reiterated their support for more balanced economic globalisation, rejection of protectionism and renewal of their commitment to global trade and investment, conducive to an equitable, inclusive innovative, invigorated and interconnected world economy.

Besides, the foreign ministers welcomed the second BRICS Consultation on UN Peacekeeping Affairs to be held in Beijing in July.

Earlier Gen. (retired) Singh said that at his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he said New Delhi looked forward “to strengthening its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue” with China.

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