Head of five nations condemn Pakistan based extremist groups

Geneva Matthews
September 5, 2017

Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan on Tuesday rejected the Xiamen Declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit in China on Monday.

Russia, for example, benefited a lot from the BRICS mechanism when it had conflict with European countries past year, and China has received support from other BRICS nations as well on the South China Sea issue, Wu said. There would be regular exchanges and meetings between their foreign ministers and United Nations representatives, he said. They are Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand. The BRICS countries included names of terrorist organizations based in Pakistan like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in their manifesto.

However, Pakistan has not been named in the declaration adopted by BRICS which makes a strong reference to the need for states to act against terror.

China has been stonewalling Pakistan for a long time now.

There will be a very crucial bilateral meeting between PM Modi and President Xi on Tuesday, in which PM Modi may discuss border-dispute and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

The Chinese head of state said over the past decade the group of countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa - have grown their partnership is several ways.

Meanwhile, the leaders strongly deplored the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea in the Xiamen Declaration.

"On the economic and social development, the two countries have great potential for cooperation which should see greater synergy in strategy alignment, expand cooperation in infrastructure connectivity as well as worldwide affairs", the Chinese president said. "The other countries have also realised the threat posed by the militancy", he said. Foreign Secretary Jaishankar said, "Counter-terrorism issues were largely taken up in discussions leading up to BRICS. But such areas of difference should be handled with mutual respect and efforts should be made to find a common ground in addressing those areas". "Therefore, healthy and stable relations serve the financial interests of the people of both countries and the shared expectations of the regional and world community".

This was their first face-to-face meeting since both sides announced on August 28 that the Doklam stand-off had ended.

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