No difference between good and bad terrorists, India tells BRICS

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Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday

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Singh's comments came days after China said it was opposed to "double standards" in fighting terror ahead of the BRICS ministers' meeting. China is also victim of terror and China is taking part in global initiatives against terror.

New Delhi was expected to flag the issue of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, and particularly the case of Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar who has been accused of masterminding attacks in India, at the meet. All five countries are members of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations, although their economic prospects have declined somewhat amid crises in Brazil and South Africa and the impact of sanctions lodged against Russian Federation by the West.

"Everyone agrees that terrorism is a common enemy of mankind", Singh said at the joint press conference of member countries - Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

Beijing has repeatedly blocked New Delhi's efforts to get the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief added to a United Nations list of proscribed terrorists, saying there isn't enough evidence against him. China stands ready to step up coordination with South Africa to strengthen the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as well as the BRICS mechanism, continuously expand the strategic cooperation between the two countries, and safeguard the common interests of the two nations and all other developing countries.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh gives a speech during the BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Beijing Monday, June 19, 2017.

Chinese President Xi Jinping later met with the officials at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing, saying the six hours of discussion among the nations had produced "a lot of consensus", as well as a concluding document that was not immediately released.

"The BRICS joint working group on counter-terrorism concluded its meeting in May 2017". The ministers supported the efforts of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in fighting against terror organisations.

In Delhi meeting a year ago, they (NSAs) had reached significant understanding on matters of security and counter terrorism, Singh said.

India on Sunday said it looks forward to strengthen its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue with China as the two sides held talks in Beijing amid differences over a host of issues, including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and India's nuclear suppliers group (NSG) membership bid.

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