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Main Points from Remarks of Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs in BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting in Beijing

June 19, 2017

MOS (VKS) congratulated China on the successful convening of the BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting. He discussed a range of issues candidly and how to take the agenda of the BRICS forward. He also discussed a range of practical measures that have been taken over a period of time at the various Summits. He mentioned that he is very confident that under the Chinese Presidency, work will be done to take the agenda forward. He said that all BRICS countries agreed that Terrorism is the common enemy of humankind and concerned with spread of terrorism in its various forms and manifestations. On behalf of India, he pointed out that terrorism remains one of the most potent global menace and threatens global peace. He stressed that terrorists cannot be differentiated as good or bad. They are terrorists, they are criminals and we need to have concerted actions both regionally and internationally to curb their activities. He informed that among BRICS, there is a strong consensus that all terrorism must be condemned. He mentioned about the call for the expedited adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations and informed that on this issue, we have the support of all the BRICS countries.

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