India’s fight not only against terrorism, but also against countries supporting it: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in Beijing to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting, on Tuesday, dubbed terrorism as an enemy of the basic human rights and called for a structured mechanism to combat the menace. In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Swaraj urged the United Nations Security Council to take strong measures against states encouraging and financing terrorism.

“We strongly believe that our fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists but should also identify and take strong measures against states that encourage, support and finance terrorism and provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups,” news agency ANI quoted the External Affairs Minister (EAM) as saying at the on-going Shanghai Cooperation ministerial meeting in Beijing.

She said that there is an imminent need to build a structure that will combat terrorism which is an enemy of the basic human rights including life, peace and prosperity. Swaraj further welcomed the clarity shown by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to combat global terrorism.

Swaraj earlier described the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a major platform for convergence in worldviews on sustainable development, clean and healthy living, multilateral trading system, Doha Development Agenda, disarmament and non-proliferation. The meetings of the defence and foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), being attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj, began in Beijing today (April 24). The two meetings are being held at the same time.

Sitharaman who arrived here last night attended the defence ministers’ meeting and Swaraj took part in the foreign ministers’ meeting. The two meetings were being held as part of the preparations for the SCO summit to be held in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend it. These are the first top ministerial-level meetings of the SCO after the admission of India and Pakistan as members last year. A host of issues including the regional security and terrorism were expected to be discussed at the meetings and prepare agenda for the SCO summit. The SCO, headquartered in Beijing, was founded in 2001. Comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan, the SCO aims at military cooperation between the member states and involves intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia and joint work against cyber terrorism.