Introducing the Goa Declaration at the BRICS summit here on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We also agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor such forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to us as the terrorists themselves.”
Reflecting international concern, the declaration pointed out the need for countering the Islamic State which has occupied territories in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Specifically mentioning the Arabic acronym of IS, Daesh, it said the threat posed by the group is “unprecedented” and called for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the U.N. General Assembly.
Syrian civil war
The declaration called for resolution of the civil war in Syria, in accordance with the “legitimate aspirations of the people of Syria” and sought action against U.N.-designated terrorist groups like IS, Jabhat al-Nusra.
The final statement also called for all nations to counter radicalism, and block sources of financing international terrorism, “including through organised crime by means of money-laundering, drug trafficking, criminal activities, dismantling terrorist bases and countering misuse of the Internet including social media by terror entities through misuse of the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)”.
The Ministry, of External Affairs, however pointed out that the BRICS cannot be reduced to the specifics of terrorism alone.
New Delhi’s concern about cross-border terrorism has been an underlying factor at the Goa BRICS summit and the various bilateral meetings that India held over the last two days here. Before the beginning of the summit, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that India thanked Russia for “unequivocal condemnation” of terrorism after the September 18 Uri attack that killed 19 soldiers.
Prime Minister Modi, spoke against terrorism in his speech during the 17th India-Russia summit that was held on Saturday, and pitched for the blacklisting of Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based leader of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, at the United Nations, in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.