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Foreign Minister's Meeting In The BRICS To Discuss Terrorism, Says China!

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| June 17 , 2017 , 18:06 IST

On Friday China said that the BRICS foreign minister's meeting being held in Beijing next week will involve an exchange of views and ideas to forge agreement on counter-terrorism also claiming that it opposes any kind "double standards" on the issue.

"On counter-terrorism, we have a clear-cut position that terrorism is the common enemy of mankind," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing responding to BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav's comments that BRICS countries should shun double standards in fighting terrorism.

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The foreign ministers meeting from on 18-19 June is expected to unveil the agenda for this year's BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit to be held in September in China's Xiamen city.

"The five countries are not expected to have any essential divergences and differences on this issue because the counter-terrorism efforts call on the international community to form consensus and forge a joint effort in this regard," Lu said.

Lu said while everybody thinks that there should be no double standards on the issue of counter-terrorism, "indeed counter-terrorism requires the international community to build consensus on the basis of mutual respect".

Speaking at the BRICS political parties, think tanks and civil society organisations meeting last week in the Chinese city of Fuzhou, Madhav said that the five-member bloc should shun "narrow self-interests and double standards" which hampered the fight against international terrorism.

India is expected to inquire cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, particularly the case of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, who has been accused of masterminding many attacks in India. China has repeatedly blocked India's efforts to get Azhar added to a UN list of prescribed terrorists, saying there isn't enough evidence against him.

In private, on many occasions, diplomats have confessed that more than a 'lack of evidence' theory, it's the ''solid brother' Pakistan that is preventing China from saying a 'yes' on the long-standing issue.

Lu said BRICS is an important organisation for relations between developing countries with growing international influence. “We think this foreign ministers’ meeting will help us exchange in-depth views on important international issues and other issues of mutual concern”.