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RIC backs India, says terrorists cannot be used for geopolitical goals

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Beijing, Feb 27: Russia and China on Wednesday backed the Indian proposal for adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the earliest and said that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals.

The CCIT was proposed by India in 1996.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at their meeting in Wuzhen city of Zhejiang province agreed on closer policy coordination to combat and eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism.

The foreign 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.

In a joint communique, they condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

"They called on the international community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing the relevant UN Security Council solutions 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," said the communique.

Wang at the end of the 16th meeting of the grouping said the three countries agreed to jointly combat all forms terrorism through closer policy coordination and practical cooperation, especially to eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism and extremism.

Swaraj at the trilateral meeting and also in a bilateral with Wang raised the Pulwama terror attack and called for "zero tolerance" towards terrorism.

“Following the Pulwama terror attack, instead of taking seriously the calls by international community to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad, Pakistan denied any knowledge of the attack and outright dismissed claims by JeM,” she told Wang.

“Such dastardly terrorist attacks are a grim reminder of the need of all the countries to show zero tolerance towards terrorism and take decisive action against it,” she added.

Wang said that China, Russia and India, as major powers with emerging markets, should enhance communication, coordinate positions, foster closer dialogue and practical cooperation.

Swaraj also exchanged views with the Russian foreign minister on regional developments and addressing global challenges such as terrorism.

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said his country is keeping an eye on the escalating tension between India and Pakistan and called for restraint.

"We are highly concerned about recent developments and are keeping an eye on the situation," said Peskov. (UNI)