India, Russia, China jointly condemn terrorism

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The references to India by Wang were part of a lengthy speech about China's diplomatic achievements in 2017 and its relations in 2017 with various countries including the US, Russia, Japan and countries in the disputed South China Sea region.

"Noting the significant increase of opium poppy production in Afghanistan and the nexus between narcotics revenue and its financial support for terrorism, we emphasise the need for stepping up result-oriented worldwide efforts aimed at countering the Afghan drug threat", the statement said.

Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and his Russian Federation counterpart Sergei Lavrov held the meeting with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj here.

Ms Swaraj, however, raised the terrorism issue strongly during the RIC talks, saying terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba "directly undermine worldwide peace and security and endanger ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy and ensure sustainable growth and development".

Wang's statement came ahead of his visit to India to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' meeting which was scheduled to be held in New Delhi.

Wang's visit to New Delhi is the first by a top Chinese official to India after the 73 day Dokalam standoff and after the commencement of the second five-year term of President Xi Jinping. "And it will be better to meet again and without agenda, which will help us to expand our mutual understanding", Swaraj said.

He noted that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is still deep in a vicious circle of demonstrating strength and confrontation, and the outlook is not optimistic.

According to the joint communiqué issued after the meeting, the three sides "discussed global and regional issues of common concern.in the backdrop of evolving political scenario in the Middle East and North Africa, numerous challenges in putting the world economy back on growth track, serious concerns relating to growing risks of terrorism, transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking, natural and man-made disasters, food security and climate change..." "India strongly recommends a comprehensive policy for dealing with global terrorism", Sushma said after the talks.

"It is well-known that relations between India and Russian Federation are very close and friendly", she said.

As major emerging economies, China, Russia and India should strengthen coordination and cooperation, and try to reach strategic consensus on safeguarding regional stability, promoting common development, and pushing forward the democratization of worldwide relations, Wang suggested. We agree to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities.

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