New Delhi: China on Wednesday endorsed India’s position on terrorism. In a veiled reference to Pakistan, China added that “those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice”.

While condemning the terrorism, Russia, India and China today in a Joint Communique of the 16th Meeting of the respective countries’ foreign ministers said, “The Ministers strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.” The meeting was held in China and was attended by India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

It added, “They called on the international community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, while respecting sovereignty and independence of all states, and expeditiously finalizing and adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the earliest.” (India-Pak Standoff LIVE: Pakistan Bending Over Backwards, PM Imran Khan Ready to Cooperate with India Over Pulwama Terror Attack)

“They reiterated that states and their competent agencies play a central role in both national and international counter-terrorism efforts. They also stressed that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals,” stated the Joint Communique.

“The Ministers stressed that those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the FATF standards, international treaties, including on the basis of the principle “extradite or prosecute” and relevant international and bilateral obligations and in compliance with applicable domestic legislation,” the statement added.

Addressing the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, Russia, China and India said, “They supported and emphasised the need for launching multilateral negotiations on an international convention for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism within the Conference on Disarmament.”

(With agency inputs)