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Ban countries supporting terrorism from joining G20: Modi

BRACKETING Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT and JeM with IS and Al-Qaeda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a strong pitch for global “deterrent” action against countries that support terrorism for their political goals. He presented a multi-point agenda for countering terrorism.The joint statement by the leaders at the end of the meeting on Friday said: “We will address the evolving threat of returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) from conflict zones such as Iraq and Syria and remain committed to preventing FTFs from establishing a foothold in other countries and regions around the world”.The leaders also pledged to improve information sharing between intelligence and law enforcement bodies. “We will work to improve the existing global information architecture in the areas of security, travel and migration, including INTERPOL, ensuring the necessary balance between security and data protection aspects”, they said in a 21-point declaration.”Today, countries are less networked in terms of response and terrorists are better networked as the scope of our actions are mostly national”, he said, while calling terrorism as the biggest challenge before the world.Earlier at the informal meeting of the BRICS nations, the Prime Minister asked the G20 nations to collectively crackdown on terror financing, safe havens, “support and sponsors” of terrorism.A growing rift between the United States and other nations over trade and climate change has turned this year’s G20 summit – a normally ripple-free event in the diplomatic calendar – into one of the stormiest in the forum’s history.”We will advance the effective implementation of the worldwide standards on transparency and beneficial ownership of legal persons and legal arrangements for the purposes of countering financing terrorism”, it added.Hamburg: As G20 leaders continued their Summit discussions for the second day in Hamburg on Saturday, US President Donald Trump on the same day walked up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “an impromptu interaction”.