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Cannot have differences on terror: Modi to Xi, raises Masood

Press Trust of India  |  Benaulim (Goa) 

today made some plain speaking to that countries cannot afford to have differences on the issue of tackling terror and put forward its concerns over blocking UN designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

The Indian position was conveyed by Prime Minister Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting here that came against the backdrop of putting on hold India's move to get Azhar, the brain behind the Pathankot attack, banned by the UN.

The bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held tomorrow saw Xi disclosing that a second round of dialogue between the two countries will be held soon on India's bid for membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in which hopes "differences" will be narrowed down. Xi said the dialogue would be helpful.

On the issue of terrorism, Modi told Xi that "Both and are victims of and the region was suffering from the menace. The Prime Minister said no country is immune from and on this issue, we cannot afford to have any differences," MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters after the meeting.

"In particular, and must increase their coordination in context of UN 1267 committee and look for common ground," he said.

has been upset with when it put on technical hold New Delhi's move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by UN. Recently, extended the hold by few months.

Swarup said both sides recognised that as a "key issue" with Xi asserting that the two sides should strengthen the security dialogue and partnership.

"Both and have been victims of which was a scourge afflicting the entire region," Indian Ambassador to Vijay Gokhale quoted Modi as saying while referring to terror incidents in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Swarup said was in dialogue with on enforcing a UN ban on Azhar. "We expect will see logic in it."

The Prime Minister said and must increase cooperation in the fight against and look for a common ground and a long-term road to tackle the menace.

Xi said and must step up counter-efforts and strengthen security dialogue and partnership.

It was announced that Yang Jiechi will meet his Indian counterpart NSA Ajit Doval soon.

Asked whether has been provided with any evidence in the pursuit of obtaining China's support on the Azhar issue, Swarup said "no evidence".

He said Indian side has not spared any effort to convey that to Chinese and it hopes that they "see logic".

To another question, he said condemns all forms of and a counter-dialogue has taken place with it. "This will be discussed in the next round and our expectation is that will take all steps... (to check the menace).

Replying to questions whether has softened on its

stand on India's NSG membership, Swarup said, "This shows there is dialogue, a good strategic dialogue. Of course this will narrow differences."

Asked whether reiterated the position that membership of the NSG was by consensus among parties, he replied "no".

Last month, a Chinese delegation led by Director General of Department of Arms Control Wang Qun had visited for talks on the issue with Indian officials.

In the June Plenary of NSG in Seoul, despite strong American support, stonewalled India's bid to get entry into the group on the grounds that it was a not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Swarup said Chinese leader clearly acknowledged increasing threat of and condemned all forms and manifestations of

President Xi said and violent extremism were on the increase and alluded to the threat from ISIL while pitching for stepped up bilateral counter-efforts, Swarup told reporters.

Xi also said the two sides must maintain strategic dialogue on the counter-

The two leaders also noted the upcoming visit by Chinese State Councillor Yang who will hold talks with National Security Advisor Doval where the dialogue will continue.

and held their first high level dialogue on counter-and security in September.

"The Chinese side is very well aware of our concerns, need for us to ensure that globally notified terrorists are designated by the UN. There is a close coordination between and on this issue and that particular dialogue will continue," Swarup said.

He also said that there was a brief discussion on the NSG issue.

On the economic side, both leaders noted the progress made in sector with Xi talking about various to address the trade deficit in favour of

First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 21:57 IST