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Sushma Swaraj Warns of Terrorism Threat at SAARC Meeting, Avoids Mehmood Qureshi

Sushma Swaraj Warns of Terrorism Threat at SAARC Meeting, Avoids Mehmood Qureshi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Sep 2018 7:05 AM GMT

United Nations: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj carefully avoided any interaction with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting of ministers, walking out after issuing a call to end the eco-system of terrorism.

After India had called off talks between the two ministers, the focus was on the SAARC meeting here on Thursday which put them in close proximity and Sushma Swaraj took no chances. She delivered her speech with the warning, “terrorism remains the single largest threat to peace and stability in our region, and indeed in the world”, and left the meeting at the Hotel Westin Grand before Qureshi’s speech. The Saarc event was billed as an “Informal Council of Ministers Meeting”. Qureshi later took a nasty swipe at Sushma Swaraj telling the Pakistani media that maybe she was feeling unwell, according to Samaa TV.

Before the SAARC event, she had spoken at the meetings of the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In her address to the Saarc meeting, Sushma Swaraj did not name Pakistan while talking of “scourge of terrorism”. “An environment of peace and security is essential for regional cooperation to progress and achieve economic development and prosperity of our people. The number of threats and incidents that endanger South Asia’s are on the rise. “It is necessary that we eliminate the scourge of terrorism in all its forms, without any discrimination, and end the ecosystem of its support,” she said.

Qureshi, however, accused India of blocking SAARC progress and said Sushma Swaraj “spoke about regional cooperation, but how will such mutual cooperation come about if the countries in the region are ready to sit down and you are creating a barrier to these talks”, according to Samaa. (IANS)

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