Beijing, April 24: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that terrorism is an enemy of the basic human rights and fight against it should also identify the countries that “encourage, support and finance” the menace and “provide sanctuary” to terror outfits.
Addressing at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting, Swaraj stated: “We strongly believe that our fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists but should also identify and take strong measures against States that encourage, support and finance terrorism and provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups”.
“We have to work together to wipe-out this scourge from the face of the earth. In order to realise this objective, we must unite across our differences, strengthen our resolve and script an effective strategy against terror. We welcome the clarity shown by the SCO on terrorism from its inception”.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers Wang Yi of China, Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan, Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan, Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich of Kyrgyzstan, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Sirodjidin Muhridinovich Aslov of Tajikistan, Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov of Uzbekistan, and Secretary General of the SCO Rashid Alimov and others.
“We should also urgently resolve to establish Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that India proposed more than two decades ago in the United Nations. We are determined to consistently strengthen cooperation within the SCO framework for comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security,” the Hindu quoted Swaraj as saying.
The Indian Minister also raised the issue of reforms at the United Nations Security Council saying “it is clear to many of us that the Security Council is increasingly unable, or sometimes unwilling, to respond to the security challenges of our times, with tragic consequences”.
Since 2008, the international community has carefully nurtured the ongoing Inter-Governmental Negotiations at the UN to take our discussions on UNSC reforms forward”, she said.
Expressing strong support for maintaining peace and order in Afghanistan, Swaraj called upon member countries to support the nation.
“Protectionism in all its forms should be rejected and efforts should be made to discipline measures that constitute barriers to trade”.
Swaraj further said “India is committed to working with the SCO to strengthen our economic and investment ties.
We believe that economic globalization should be more open, inclusive, equitable and balanced for mutual benefits,” the EAM added.
Earlier in a day, Sushma Swaraj was welcomed by China’s foreign minister Wang Yi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also landed in Beijing earlier on Tuesday to attend preparatory meetings with the External Affairs Minister on the sidelines of the SCO meeting.