Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in NY

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Exactly a week after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Japan-aided Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a "warm encounter" with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session.

India told its BRICS partners on Thursday that terrorist groups are continuing to find "sustenance and support systems" in South Asia and in countries that use terrorism as an instrument of state policy - an obvious reference to Pakistan, whose "all-weather ally" China is a member of this group.

She said connectivity with SCO countries is India's priority and asserted that India wants connectivity to pave the way for cooperation and trust between the people.

Without citing Pakistan's name, Sushma said terrorism continue to find support and shelter in countries which use it as an instrument of state policy.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has "exchanged greetings" with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here, an official said today.

Swaraj also called for terrorists' funding, their weapons supply, training and political support to be systematically cut off. She also said India, as a member of SCO, will cooperate extensively to further consolidate the SCO as an effective regional platform.

The Union Minister also batted for "combined efforts for reforms in International Monetary Fund and of the UN Security Council".

In her speech, Sushma suggested an alliance between International Solar Alliance and New Development Bank.

She also touched on climate change and referred to Indian Prime Minister Narendra's Modi's suggestion of an alliance between the India-initiated International Solar Alliance and the New Development Bank, a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS nations.

Representatives from India and Pakistan took part in the extraordinary session of the SCO foreign ministers as full-fledged members for the first time.

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