Expressing concerns over the situation in West Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries explore ways to help end the crisis in Iraq.
Modi also called for more concerted efforts in addressing the issue of terrorism, urging the world to put more pressure on countries that give “support and sanctuaries” to terrorists.
“The situation in West Asia poses a grave threat to regional, and global, peace and security. India is particularly concerned because this affects the lives of seven million Indian citizens; living in the Gulf region,” Modi said.
“We should explore how BRICS members can work together, in helping end the conflict in Iraq,” he said in his statement in 6th the BRICS summit on the Agenda – “Political Coordination: International Governance & Regional Crises”.
Though India has brought back 3,000 Indians from Iraq, where 10,000 Indians lived and worked before the conflict, 39 of its nationals are still held in captivity there.
The Prime Minister, who is attending his first multi-lateral meeting, said India is also concerned, at the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestine. “We support a negotiated solution. This would inspire hope and confidence around the world,” he said.
The PM said terrorism, in any shape or form is against humanity and called for zero tolerance towards terrorism.
“BRICS must translate our political resolve into a concrete and coordinated plan of action. I call for an early adoption by the UN, of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism,” Modi said.
India has been pushing for this convention for long since then.
“We must also put collective pressure on states to deny sanctuaries and support to terrorists,” the Prime Minister said.