India to repeat demand for anti-terror steps at BRICS


New Delhi, 2 September(Wishav Warta):  Being held in the shadow of Dokalam border standoff that led to tensions for 75 days between two of the five members of the BRICS, the forthcoming summit in Xiamen (September 3-5) has a special significance. While all eyes will be on the meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, India will yet again reiterate the demand for concrete measures against terror infrastructure in Af-Pak region and seek broader action plan against worldwide extremism. The MEA on Friday hinted that relevant global challenges including terror are on the table from the Indian side for the summit. When asked about China’s comment on Thursday that it will not be appropriate to discuss Pakistan’s counter-terrorism records, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said he cannot pre-empt what Modi will say during his interventions at the restricted and plenary sessions of the summit. But he was quick to state that India’s position on terrorism has been very clear and it has been raising the issue at various multilateral forums.

Modi and Xi are expected to meet on Monday in the coastal city of Xiamen on the sidelines of the summit. The meeting is expected to be marked by discussions on CBMs as the two leaders may decide to have a new mechanism to address trijunctions along their Line of Actual Control. Besides Dokalam (Bhutan), the other two trijunctions that exist involve Nepal and Myanmar. The standoff ended on August 28.



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