India to push for joint efforts to fight terrorism at BRICS meet

India will strongly push at the BRICS Summit for joint efforts to tackle terrorist act as well as action against countries providing safe havens and arms to terrorists while it’ll also create efforts to revive the seven-nation regional bloc BIMSTEC next week in Goa.

Apart from the heads of governments of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to attend BRICS Summit on October sixteen, India has conjointly received consent of Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kingdom of Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) for the outreach meet of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Briefing reporters, Secretary (Economic Relations) in External Affairs Ministry Amar Sinha said, “Agenda is drawn in a very broad-brush manner. we’ll be watching world economic and political situation. clearly terrorist act is extremely important part of that.”

Though he said the problem of China block ban of Jaish- e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar by the United Nations won’t be taken up at BRICS because it was a bilateral issue with China and India doesn’t want to bring such problems to the multilateral fora, he asserted that general principles pertaining to terrorist act are forcefully taken up.

And that can include “terrorism that may be a world problem. It can’t be tackled individually and needs to be tackled collectively. we cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. there’s no good terrorist or bad terrorist. So, these are the problems on that there’ll reiteration of national positions,” Sinha said.

He added that “there would be very strong paragraphs (in the BRICS outcome document) on terrorist act including how to affect countries that provide sanctuaries and safe havens. how to cut down the finance.

“At NSA-level meet, we’ve also actually shifted the post a bit by talking about not only sources of finances however also sources from where they (terrorists) get arms and ammunition. These are reflected in the BRICS discussions.”

India will make efforts to revive BIMSTEC that assumes significance with the collapse of recent SAARC Summit once four countries apart from India pulled out of the meet to be hosted by Pakistan over the problem of cross-border terrorist act, maintaining that environment wasn’t conducive to hold such an event.

Three MoUs including those on cooperation within the area of environment and customs are agreed upon by the BRICS countries, Sinha said, adding the pact pertaining to customs can help in breaking the trade barriers between these countries.

The other key problems to be taken up during these important diplomatic outreach events include cooperation areas of economy, tourism, property, cultural, education and sports.