Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Meets Counterparts From Six Nations

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Meets Counterparts From Six Nations

In a veiled attack, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday attacked Pakistan for supporting and sheltering terrorism.

The Indian Foreign Minister arrived in NY on Sunday for seven days during which she is holding of back-to-back engagements, centering around the U.N. General Assembly.

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.

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

She also raised concern over the action and rhetoric of North Korea, which has been a 'source of growing concern'.

Swaraj appealed her counterparts in the BRICS to push for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), which India had proposed before the United Nations back in 1996.

"At the leadership summit on environment pact, which was presided by the French President, India said that it has been at the forefront of the debate on environment and development and also mentioned that New Delhi and Paris are working together on the worldwide solar alliance", he added.

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.

"India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms & manifestations".

On the sidelines of the meeting, Sushma Swaraj also met China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The SCO countries include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan as its founding members.

India joined the organisation last June.

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