Threats Endangering South Asia's Peace On Rise: Sushma Swaraj

Threats Endangering South Asia's Peace On Rise: Sushma Swaraj

"They continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of state policy".

In a veiled attack on Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that countries who use religion to sponsor terrorism must be condemned. China has opposed India getting a permanent seat on the Security Council and Russian Federation is lukewarm, while the other three permanent members, Britain, France and the United States, support India.

In speech on new Afghanistan policy last month, US President Donald Trump had said a "critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India". External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Swaraj also raised the issue of H1-B visas strongly with Tillerson.

The statement said that Tillerson thanked Sushma Swaraj "for India's contributions to stability and development in Afghanistan and the region". Swaraj also met her counterparts from various countries including South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane and Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldayev. They stressed the need for early reform of in UN Security Council in order to make it more representative, inclusive, legitimate, and effective.

India received the backing of three worldwide groups, IBSA, BRICS and SAARC on Thursday to push for the adoption of the global treaty against terrorism that has been languishing for more than two decades.

On the sidelines of the SCO meeting, Swaraj met Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi - it was their first meeting since Doklam standoff. Her reference was Islamabad, which has been supporting the jihadist separatist movement in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

"We mentioned South Asia satellite, we did mention the South Asian University and also the progress which has been made on SAARC disaster management center".

The ministerial meetings of the organisations in their statements called for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Compact on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996 to ban support for terrorist organisations and punish cross-border terrorism.