Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Terrorism can't be justified, says Sushma Swaraj at SCO meet

Terrorism can't be justified, says Sushma Swaraj at SCO meet

On terror funding, the minister said, "their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off".

In a veiled attack, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday attacked Pakistan for supporting and sheltering terrorism.

The statement said that China and Russian Federation "reiterate the importance they attach to the status and role of Brazil, India and South Africa in worldwide affairs and support their aspiration to play a greater role in the UN".

"We must condemn efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries". Late in the evening, she also attended a dinner hosted by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

Swaraj called for a joint effort to dismantle terrorist networks, their financing and movement.

"We have spelled out what these heads mean on security the ministers emphasised the need to ensure freedom of navigation respect for worldwide law and peaceful resolution of disputes", he said.

The Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) was proposed by India in 1996 to enhance prosecution and extradition of terrorists.

She did not name any country but the reference was clearly to Pakistan.

"We have very clearly mentioned that we not only deplore North Korea's recent actions but also stated that its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved be held accountable", Kumar said.

"We proposed cooperation in sectors like renewable energy cooperation, space cooperation, Three broad sectors were discussed, trade and investment and climate change and we also saw their support for the global Solar Alliance", Kumar said.

"I hope we can work together to give this ambitious agenda practical shape in coming months", she added.

"India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations".

Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that there can't be a justification for any act of terrorism.

Swaraj is in NY for the 72nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

China has opposed India getting a permanent seat on the Security Council and Russian Federation is lukewarm, while the other three permanent members, Britain, France and the United States, support India.

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