India today made it clear to China that they cannot afford to have differences on the issue of terrorism 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 Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting here on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held tomorrow.
"Both India and China are victims of terrorism and the region was suffering from the menace. The Prime Minister said no country is immune from terrorism and on this issue, we cannot afford to have any differences," MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters after the meeting.
"We expect China will see logic in it," Swarup said.
The Indian stand assumes significance against the backdrop of China continuing to block India's move to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist.
It was announced that Yang Jiechi will meet his Indian counterpart NSA Ajit Doval soon.
Asked whether China 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 China condemns all forms of terrorism and a counter-terrorism dialogue has taken place with it. "This will be discussed in the next round and our expectation is that China will take all steps....(to check the menace).
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