BRICS must work to end terrorism in South Asia: Sushma Swaraj
United Nations : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan while asking BRICS nations, that includes China, for working towards ending terrorism in South Asia.
At a ministerial-level meeting of BRICS here, she said without naming any country: "Terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia."
"Terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off," she said sitting around the same table as China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi. "There is need for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement."
China had been seen talking in favour of Pakistan, a country that is on a radar of several other nations due to its alleged unofficial funding to terrorism.
"We must condemn efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries," Sushma Swaraj told the ministers from also other BRICS members, Brazil, Russia and South Africa. "They continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of state policy."
"We must condemn efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries," she added.
She asked BRICS ministers to work on pace to conclude negotiations and adoptaion of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the United Nations.
(with IANS inputs)