External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, representing India, digitally attends the extraordinary joint meeting of BRICS, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (PTI )
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, representing India, digitally attends the extraordinary joint meeting of BRICS, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (PTI )

Zero tolerance on terror, says EAM at BRICS meet

India said the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza was causing immense human suffering, including to civilians, elderly, women and children.

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the BRICS-Plus meet on Israel and Gaza on Tuesday. Attending the meet virtually on PM’s behalf, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the immediate crisis in West Asia was triggered by the terrorist attack of October 7.

“Where terrorism itself is concerned, none of us should or can compromise with it. Hostage taking is equally unacceptable and cannot be condoned. Subsequent developments have deepened our concern even more as we witness large scale civilian casualties and a humanitarian crisis. We strongly condemn any death of civilians,” he said.

India said the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza was causing immense human suffering, including to civilians, elderly, women and children. “We welcome all efforts of the international community towards de-escalation. Right now, there is an urgent need to ensure that humanitarian aid and relief effectively and safely reach the population of Gaza.  It is also imperative that all hostages are released,” he said.

Dr Jaishankar thanked South African President Ramaphosa for convening the meeting. “I speak for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who could not join us today. We are gathered to discuss the deeply concerning situation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Gaza. South Africa has rightly taken the initiative to convene the BRICS, and also to include those who would be part of the group in due course. I convey Prime Minister Modi’s greetings to all the leaders, virtually present,” said Jaishankar.

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