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We cannot afford differences on terrorism: Modi to Xi

Press Trust of India  |  Baunaulim (Goa) 

today made it clear to that they cannot afford to have differences on the issue of and that no country is immune from the menace, a significant statement that comes against the backdrop of Beijing's stand on enforcing UN ban on JeM Chief Masood Azhar.

The Indian view was conveyed by Prime Minister Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting here on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held tomorrow.

"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.

He said was in dialogue with on enforcing a UN ban on Azhar, the brain behind the 26/11 and Pathankot attacks.

"We expect will see logic in it," Swarup said.

The Indian stand assumes significance against the backdrop of continuing to block India's move to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist.

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.

Indian envoy to Vijay Gokhale said both the Prime Minister and the President agreed that is a scourge for the region.

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.

President 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, Vikas replied no.

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).

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 21:07 IST