India denounces terror support systems in South Asia

Andrew Cummings
September 22, 2017

Swaraj's meeting with Tillerson was held on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly and was crucial as it comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's urged India to do more in Afghanistan last month.

"They (terror outfits) continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of State Policy", she said.

"We must condemn efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries", she added.

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is a five-member grouping and IBSA (India, Brazil and South Asia) a three-member bloc, whereas ICELAC stands for Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Swaraj also raised the issue of H1-B visas strongly with Tillerson.

Ivanka discussed the issue of women empowerment with Sushma Swaraj.

In addition to attending the tri-lateral meeting, Swaraj also had meetings with her counterparts from Kyrgyzstan and Argentina.

Swaraj, thereafter, co-chaired a meeting of India-CLAC which is basically an outreach India has towards the Latin American and Caribbean countries.

During the meeting with the leaders of the BRICS, the issue of terrorism was strongly discussed and all the members present during the meeting agreed that comprehensive convention on worldwide terrorism CCIT, should be adopted by all countries.

Conclusively, Swaraj is set to have several bilateral meetings and multilateral commitments, apart from speaking at the United Nations general debate on September 23. "We also highlighted energy and connectivity as major issues", Kumar said.

Though there was no direct reference to Pakistan in her remarks, it came amid reports that Pyongyang had clandestinely received nuclear enrichment technology from Pakistan when A Q Khan was at the helm of Islamabad's nuclear programme.

He also said the two of them "discussed regional issues, with a focus of Pakistan, Afghanistan and terrorism" and "reviewed all aspects all the bilateral relationship, including expanding our trade and investment relations".

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