Sushma Talks Tough on Terror, Takes up Masood With China

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the grouping must lead the world in fighting terrorism.

Published: 19th April 2016 04:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2016 04:05 AM   |  A+A-


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj shake hands after a meeting in Moscow, Russia. |AP

NEW DELHI: Seeking strong global action against terror networks, India on Monday warned the international community that if it continued to adopt “double standards” in dealing with the menace there would be “serious consequences”.

In her address at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting of RIC (Russia-India-China) in Moscow, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the grouping must lead the world in fighting terrorism.

Significantly, Swaraj’s remarks came after she raised with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, before the trilateral, the issue of China blocking India’s bid at the UN to have JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as terrorist.

“India believes that the foremost challenge to international security continues to be posed by international terrorism. The RIC countries must lead the way in getting the international community together to counter terrorism through joint action, including at the UN,” Swaraj said. “We must not fail in this regard. If we continue to adopt double standards in dealing with terrorism it will have serious consequences not just for our own countries, but the international community as a whole,” she said. Her remarks come in the backdrop of China stopping UN sanctions committee from designating Azhar as terrorist, maintaining that the case “did not meet the requirements” of the Security Council.    

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