The BRICS states held a meet among their counter-terror interlocutors on August 31-September 2 meet in which the strategy was finalised.
At this meet the Indian delegation led by JS (Counter-Terror) in MEA Mahaveer Singhvi raised the issue of “cross-border terrorism” and the support extended by Pakistan to terror networks.
Indian diplomats reiterated that if the issue of terrorism has to be dealt with, then countries need to be held accountable for their actions.
“The main outcome of the session was approving the Draft BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which should give impetus to counter-terrorism cooperation between the five states,” according to a statement released after the September 1-2 meet. China had raised some objections but finally relented, ET has learnt.
An official said that counter-terrorism (CT) cooperation among BRICS countries shall be “strengthened” once the CT strategy in place.
The August 31-Sep 2 meeting was preceded by inaugural meetings of the practicing experts’ subgroups established to deepen practical interaction between the five countries on certain critical issues of the counter-terrorism agenda.
The delegations had a substantive exchange of views on the existing terrorist threats on a global and regional scale and outlined steps to enhance coordination at specialised multilateral platforms, primarily at the UN.
The BRICS Foreign Ministers in Sep 4 meet reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed, and that it should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
“They reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to contribute further to the global efforts of preventing and countering the threat of terrorism on the basis of respect for international law and the UN Charter, emphasizing that States have the primary responsibility in combating terrorism. The Ministers also stressed the need for comprehensive and balanced approach of the whole international community to effectively curb the terrorist activities, which pose a serious threat, including in the present-day pandemic environment,” according to the joint statement released after the BRICS meet.
“The Ministers welcomed the outcomes of the 5th BRICS Counter-Terrorism Group (CTWG) and its subgroups’ inaugural meetings on 31 August – 2 September 2020 which further advanced BRICS cooperation in the areas of countering terrorism and its financing, foreign terrorist fighters, radicalization, the use of the Internet for terrorism purposes and capacity building. They expressed satisfaction at the approval of the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy by the CTWG,” according to the joint statement.