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Russia, India, China send out strong message against sponsers of terror

Agencies, New Delhi

Russia, China and India on Monday sent out a strong message against sponsors and supporters of terrorism, saying such entities and individuals must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with the international law.

In a joint statement after the 15th meeting of their foreign ministers, the three countries called upon the states to follow the principles of ‘’extradite or prosecute ‘’while dealing with terrorists carrying out their activities against other states.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a media briefing after the meeting, specifically named Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, ISIS and Al Qaeda as organisations that were increasingly becoming a threat to world peace and security.

She called for dismantling of all terrorist infrastructures and choking all means of finance to them and evolving a comprehensive policy to deal with extremism and terrorism of all forms.

“We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the recent heinous terrorist attacks around the world and reaffirm our determination to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,’’ the joint statement said. Russia was represented by its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, and China by its foreign minister at the trilateral meeting.

All the three foreign minister expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting describing it as very fruitful. They said they had candid exchange of ideas on bilateral, regional and global issues.

The three foreign ministers emphasised that their cooperation was not directed against any other country and the trilateral dialogue was for consultation and coordination on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

“Our cooperation is conducive to maintaining international and regional peace, stability and promoting global economic growth and prosperity,” they said. They underlined the importance of establishment of a just and equitable international order based on international law and featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice in international relations.

The three countries stressed that various crises in the world should be resolved in accordance with the international law and reiterated their strong commitment to the United Nations and called for its reform to make it more representative. They also backed Russia-led counter-terrorism efforts and achievements in Syria aimed at defeating international terrorism.

They said they would step up cooperation to prevent and counter terrorism and radicalisation, combat the spread of terrorist ideology and propaganda, stop sources of terrorist financing, prevent travelling of and the supply of arms to terrorists, dismantle terrorist infrastructure, disrupt recruitment and the flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and prevent misuse of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for terrorist purposes.

“We underline the primary and leading role and responsibility of States in preventing and countering terrorism and extremism and reiterate that all States should take adequate measures to prevent terrorist activities from their territory,’’ the foreign ministers said.

They said they intensify cooperation in multilateral fora including to cut the flows of funds, and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities involved in terrorism including those proscribed under the relevant United Nations’ Sanctions.

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