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India-Russia-China for Joint Fight with Terror
Feb 05, 2015

India joined hands with Russia and China to fight terror, pledging at their 13th trilateral meeting to crack down on not only terrorists but also those who finance and give refuge to them. Sushma Swaraj, her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russia’s long-time foreign minister Sergey Lavrov were part of the meeting.

  • The three nations issued a strong joint statement on terror, saying religious, racial and ethnic divisions were no justification for terrorism.

  • Without naming any country, it said there was a need to “bring to justice perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist acts”.

  • India said Russia and China would cooperate with it in implementing an India-sponsored anti-terror proposal lying dormant in the UN since 1996.

  • Terror-related issues were the focus area of the meeting that lasted over 90 minutes.

  • Russia-India-China (RIC) discussed new trends in international terrorism and on the need to “step up information gathering and sharing, prevent the use of the Internet and other communication technologies for the purpose of recruitment and incitement to commit terrorist acts.

  • The three nations agreed to prevent financing, planning and preparation of terror activities, block terrorist movements and financing of terrorism.

  • RIC has supported a 1996 proposal tabled by India in the United Nations on countering terrorism. Both Russia and China have accepted the proposal.

  • RIC called for early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

  • Russia and China endorsed India’s push to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

  • India’s pending application could be approved after all “necessary negotiations and legal processes” were done.

  • Russia and China appeared more amenable about India joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

  • The 12th trilateral meeting had merely talked about India’s growing economic profile and economic linkages with APEC members.

  • RIC has supported a 1996 proposal tabled by India in the United Nations on countering terrorism. Both Russia and China have accepted the proposal.


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