India urges world community to act against countries using terrorism as a state policy instrument

India urges world community to act against countries using terrorism as a state policy instrument

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that horror of terrorism continues to haunt global peace and security. She was addressing the BRICS Ministerial Meeting in New York last night on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session.
Hinting at Pakistan, the Minister said, terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia. Ms Swaraj said that terrorists continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of State policy.
The External Affairs Minister said countering terrorism must not be a matter of political convenience and efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries must be condemned. Ms Swaraj said, there is need for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement.
She also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy for Joint Action at the Xiamen BRICS Summit. The Minister called upon BRICS leaders for early conclusion of negotiations and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
The Minister said the situation in West Asia remains precarious and the crisis in Gulf has further added to uncertainty. She said the spiral of violence in Afghanistan manifests the complexity of the challenge and the action and rhetoric of North Korea has been a source of growing global concern.

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