Moscow: Asserting that terrorism was the foremost challenge to international security, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today urged the RIC countries to lead the way in getting the international community together to counter terrorism through joint action. 
 
“India believes that the foremost challenge to international security continues to be posed by international terrorism. The RIC countries must lead the way in getting the international community together to counter terrorism through joint action, including at the UN,” said Swaraj while addressing the 14th RIC Foreign Ministers meeting at Moscow.
 
“We must not fail in this regard. If we continue to adopt double standards in dealing with terrorism it will have serious consequences not just for our own countries, but the international community as a whole,” she added.
 
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.
 
Touching upon the issue of reform of the UN Security Council, the visiting Foreign Minister sought the support of her Chinese and Russian colleagues for taking the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) process forward.
 
“Let me also touch upon the issue of reform of UN Security Council, on which there has been some positive movement with a text being put for the first time on the table for Inter-Governmental Negotiations. However, we need greater urgency on this issue. I seek the support of my Chinese and Russian colleagues for taking the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) process forward,” Swaraj said.
 
 
Highlighting the slowdown in global economy which has created its own set of issues, Swaraj said the three large emerging economies, who share similar approaches could benefit each other by coordinating its positions.
 
Throwing light on the importance of BRICS Summit which to be held in Goa this October, Swaraj said that India was looking forward to active participation of all members in the meetings and hoped the summit is a successful one.
 
She also expressed her gratitude to Russia for the very warm welcome and hospitality.
 
This is Swaraj’s second RIC meeting as the External Affairs Minister of India, the last being in Beijing in February 2015.
 
The visiting External Affairs Minister will also be meeting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to exchange views and coordinate positions on international and regional issues of mutual interest.
 
Earlier today, Swaraj held bilateral talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in a bid to strengthen ties between the two allies.
 
Both the Foreign Minister’s also had an extensive exchange of views on the situation in Syria.
 
Swaraj arrived here last night after her successful visit to Iran.