A joint statement issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit here said, “India and Russia called for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council to make it more effective and representative of the contemporary geo-political realities. Russia reaffirmed its support for India’s candidature for a permanent membership of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council.”
“The leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and emphasized the necessity of comprehensive international collaboration, in order to ensure its eradication. India and Russia recognize the threat posed by terrorism, and believe that the full implementation of the relevant UNSC resolutions, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, without application of any double standards or selectivity, will be instrumental in countering this challenge,” the joint statement read.
With both India and Russia wary of the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, “the leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and recognized the need for resolute action against the menace of terrorism and threats of illicit drug-production and drug-trafficking, including the elimination of terror sanctuaries, safe havens, and other forms of support to terrorists”.
Both sides called for constructive international, regional and bilateral cooperation in order to help Afghanistan in addressing the domestic security situation, improving the capabilities of Afghan National Security Forces, strengthening counter-narcotics capabilities, ensuring socio-economic development, and enhancing connectivity.
India and Russia reiterated their support for the Afghan Government’s efforts towards the realization of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned national reconciliation process based upon the principles of international law.
Both nations stressed on the need to deny safe havens to terrorists and the importance of countering the spread of terrorist ideology as well as radicalization leading to terrorism, stopping recruitment, preventing travel of terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters, strengthening border management and having effective legal assistance and extradition arrangements.
Emphasizing on the need to have a strong international legal regime built on the principle of ‘zero tolerance for direct or indirect support of terrorism’, both sides called upon the international community to make sincere efforts towards the earliest conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).
While Pakistan was not mentioned in the joint statement, the fact that it provides safe havens to groups which threaten both India and Afghanistan has been brought up by the leadership of both the countries. So much so that Afghanistan and India had both boycotted the recent SAARC summit on the issue of terrorism.