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Friday, April 29, 2016, 09:41

'China, Russia could drive anti-terror fight'

By Xinhua

'China, Russia could drive anti-terror fight'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, poses with China's President Xi Jinping as they shake hands before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 28, 2016. (Damir Sagolj / Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW/BEIJING - Russia, China and relevant regional bodies could become locomotives of an international coalition to combat terrorism, the chief of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said here Thursday.

Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the organization, said "there is a need for consolidation among Russia and the CSTO member states, (as well as) China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which could become locomotives of the entire anti-terrorist struggle."

He made the remarks at the fifth Moscow International Security Conference, reported the RIA Novosti news agency.

Earlier in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is in Beijing to attend the fifth foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and for an official visit.

Xi said China attached great importance to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China later this year.

"I am looking forward to having an in-depth exchange of views with President Putin on enhancing the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination," Xi told Lavrov at the Great Hall of the People.

The Russia-led organization, headed by Bordyuzha, is an intergovernmental military alliance that also comprises Belarus, Armenia and most Central Asian countries.

Putin urged Wednesday in his address to the conference that a broad international front under United Nations (UN) auspices be established, an idea he first proposed at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly last year.

Bordyuzha said that a network for interaction should be established in the first place among international organizations that specialize in security issues, and coordinated by the United Nations.

He also called for more coordination among a set of other organizations in their respective regions, such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the African Union (AU).

The initial task of the future alliance would be to compile a common list of terrorist groups, which all involved countries should take measures to neutralize, he said.

In Beijing, Xi also called on the two countries to enhance cooperation within the framework of the CICA and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Visiting foreign minister Lavrov said Russia is willing to work with China to deepen economic, cultural and people-to-people cooperation and intensify coordination on international and regional issues within multilateral organizations including the United Nations and the SCO.

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