In a major diplomatic success, India has succeeded China’s endorsement India’s position on terrorism. In a veiled reference to Pakistan, China added that “those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice”.
Following meeting of Russia, India and China foreign ministers in China, in which our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has clearly presented India’s stand on terrorism against Pakistan, three ministers condemned terrorism in a joint communique.
It said, “The Ministers strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.” The meeting was attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, besides Sushma Swaraj.
It added, “They called on the international community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, while respecting sovereignty and independence of all states, and expeditiously finalizing and adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the earliest.”
They reiterated that states and their competent agencies play a central role in both national and international counter-terrorism efforts. They also stressed that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals.
The Ministers stressed that those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the FATF standards, international treaties, including on the basis of the principle “extradite or prosecute” and relevant international and bilateral obligations and in compliance with applicable domestic legislation.