Pakistan recognised as 'export factory for terror', says external affairs minister

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Addressing SAARC Foreign Minister on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly, Mrs Swaraj said, India believes that Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is as relevant to foreign policy as it is to domestic one.

India today called for an early start to text-based negotiations for UN Security Council reforms with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressing hope that a revamp of its top organ will be a "priority" for the world body.

Swaraj asserted that India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. She said that those who were listening to his address were saying, "Look who's talking".

It follows North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 which was in direct defiance of United Nations sanctions and other global pressure.

"I would like to remind him (Pak PM) that while it remains open to question whether Jinnah Sahab actually advocated such principles, what is beyond doubt is that PM Modi has, from the moment he took his oath of office, offered the hand of peace and friendship", she said.

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She said connectivity with SCO countries is India's priority and asserted that India wants the incumbent connectivity to pave the way for cooperation and trust between the people.

Earlier this week, foreign ministers of G4 countries - India, Brazil, Germany, and Japan - met in NY on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to push their case for reform of the Security Council including expansion of its permanent and non-permanent members.

She told the worldwide community that if the enemies cannot be defined, how the countries can fight together against it. The statement said that China and Russian Federation "reiterate the importance they attach to the status and role of Brazil, India and South Africa in worldwide affairs and support their aspiration to play a greater role in the UN". Evil is evil. Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind.

Pointing out that action against all terrorists was the need of the hour, she said that there are countries which are stalling the process by putting their self-interest first.

She had also made a slamming response to the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif previous year when the Pakistani leader had raised concerns over the situation in Kashmir valley. But our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen the more radical route, through economic empowerment. Swaraj also invited Danish participation for investment in India.

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