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New Delhi: India will root for joint efforts to address terrorism including action against countries providing safe
havens and arms to terrorists at the BRICS summit next week in Goa.
Apart from the heads of governments of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa who will attend the BRICS Summit on October 16, India has also received consent of Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) for the outreach meet of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
The BRICS summit is taking place in the backdrop of deteriorating Indo-Pak relations following an attack by Pakistan-based terrorists at army base in Uri that killed 19 soldiers and retaliatory surgical strikes by India to neutralise terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC).Briefing reporters, secretary (Economic relations) in external affairs ministry Amar Sinha said, “Agenda is drawn in a broad-brush manner. We will be looking at global economic and political situation. Obviously terrorism is very important part of that.”
Though he said the issue of China blocking ban on Masood Azhar, chief of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad by the UN will not be taken up at BRICS because it was a bilateral issue with China and India does not want to bring such issues to the multilateral forum, he asserted that general principles pertaining to terrorism will be forcefully taken up.
And that will include “terrorism which is a global problem. It cannot be tackled individually and has to be tackled collectively. We cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist. So, these are the issues on which there will reiteration of national positions,” Sinha said.
He added that “there would be very strong paragraphs (in the BRICS outcome document) on terrorism including how to deal with countries that provide sanctuaries and safe havens.