Sushma Swaraj calls for distinguishing 'good, bad terrorists'

| Monday, April 18, 2016 - 19:49
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Sushma Swaraj

Swaraj urged countries to fight terrorism

Moscow: Asserting that there is a need to distinguish between good and bad terrorists, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday urged Russia, India and China to fulfill the commitment to fight terrorism together.
The External Affairs Minister in her response on cooperation in combating terrorism at the RIC press conference said the three nations have been victims of terrorism.
"It is natural for us that we unite to lead the world in our fight against terrorism. To do this, it is important that we give up the distinction between 'good and 'bad' terrorists.
We also need to give up the tendency to differentiate 'my terrorists' and 'your terrorists'.
A terrorist is a terrorist, one who commits crimes against humanity and not against any nation. We must adopt this principle," Swaraj said.
"And, today at the RIC meeting, I put forward these views quite frankly before my two counterparts from Russia and China," she added.
Swaraj further said that she also conveyed her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during the meeting earlier in the morning that if we want to fulfill our commitment to fight terrorism, then they must rethink the position they have taken in the UNSC 1267 Committee.
Earlier in the day, Swaraj raised the issue of China blocking India's bid at the UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
New Delhi had criticised the use of hidden veto by China, blocking its bid at the UN to ban Masood Azhar.

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