External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
on Tuesday said the BRICS
summit in Goa
recognised “state-sponsored and state-protected terrorism” as the biggest challenge to the world.
“State-sponsored and State-protected terrorism
is the biggest challenge: BRICS
Summit saw a growing recognition that there cannot be business as usual when it comes to dealing with terrorism,” Swaraj said.
Addressing the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) media forum in New Delhi, Swaraj also said the world community “must be prepared to extract costs for those who sponsor and support terrorists, who provide them sanctuary, and who, despite their own claimed victimhood, continue to make the false distinction between good and bad terrorists.”
Addressing the media at the inauguration of the BRICS
Media forum, Swaraj said, "BRICS
Summit saw a growing recognition that there cannot be business as usual when it comes to dealing with terrorism. State sponsored and state protected terrorism
is the biggest challenge."
was universally accepted as a key to threat to stability, progress and development. Consequently, it featured strongly in the, conference narrative and its eventual outcome. Indeed, what we saw was not just an understanding of the dangers posed by terrorism
to the economic aspirations of the world but a growing recognition that this has now become a truly global challenge that the international community can ignore at its peril," she added.
Swaraj further stressed that members of BIMSTEC- Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri-lanka and Thailand- today represent the polar opposite of a terrorism
"They are focused on improving the quality of life of their people, on skills and employement, on education and health and on the quality of governance and the deepening of democracy. These are nations, who are actively promoting connectivity, cooperation and contacts amongst themselves. Their interface with the BRICS
is the message in itself," Swaraj said.
In the wake of several SAARC nations coming out in support of New Delhi following the Uri attack and the subsequent cancellation of the bloc's summit in Islamabad, India on Monday said Pakistan has been isolated due to its own policies and it has nothing to do with it.