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Foreign Ministers of BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, in a meeting on sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), have called for expeditious adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the United Nations. At the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation meeting, where Pakistan was present, Sushma "again touched on the issue of terrorism and she mentioned it is a threat to the world", Kumar said.

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.

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"The secretary thanked the minister for India's contributions to stability and development in Afghanistan and the region", state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, following the meeting.

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General Assembly debate will begin at 6.30 pm and Union Minister Sushma Swaraj is listed 7th in the list. Speaking in Hindi, she began by listing out some of the Narendra Modi government's developmental programs, including Jan Dhan, perhaps the world's largest financial inclusion scheme, which has brought 300 million people into the banking network. "We all condemn this evil, and piously resolve to fight it in all our declaratory statements".

"In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror".

She had also made a slamming response to the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif past year when the Pakistani leader had raised concerns over the situation in Kashmir valley.

"We produced scholars, doctors, engineers".

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Home minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Ms Swaraj for her "powerful" speech, saying she has "exposed" Pakistan's duplicity on terrorism. "They urged concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm worldwide legal basis, under the United Nations auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism", the joint statement said.

Indian officials remained tight-lipped on the content of Swaraj's speech.

He also waned, "India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of "limited" war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response".

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