Top safety officers of the BRICS on Tuesday adopted an motion plan to spice up sensible cooperation in combating terrorism and terror financing, within the backdrop of mounting considerations over the potential of varied terror teams stepping up actions from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The motion plan was adopted at an India-hosted digital assembly that additionally noticed New Delhi elevating the problem of cross-border terrorism and actions of teams such because the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed which take pleasure in “state support” and threaten peace and safety. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated the excessive representatives adopted and really helpful the BRICS counter-terrorism motion plan for consideration by the BRICS Summit. The motion plan is without doubt one of the key deliverables throughout India’s chairship of BRICS.
The assembly, chaired by NSA Ajit Doval, additionally deliberated on the present state of affairs in Afghanistan, delved into developments in Iran, West Asia and the Gulf area in addition to reviewing the regional and world political and safety state of affairs. “As a follow up to the adoption of the BRICS counter-terrorism strategy at the 12th BRICS Leaders’ Summit in 2020, done at the suggestion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the High Representatives adopted and recommended the BRICS counter-terrorism action plan for consideration by the BRICS Summit,” the MEA stated. The BRICS summit is scheduled to be hosted subsequent month by India within the digital format in its capability because the chair of the grouping for the present 12 months.
“The Action Plan aims to further strengthen existing mechanisms of cooperation in areas such as financing and combating terrorism, misuse of the internet by terrorists, curbing the travel of terrorists, border controls, protection of soft targets, information sharing, capacity building, and regional and international cooperation,” the MEA stated. The assembly was attended by Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Gen Patrushev, Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jeichi, South African Deputy Minister of State Security Ncediso Goodenough Kodwa and Gen Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, Minister of State and Head of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Presidency of Brazil.
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings collectively 5 of the most important growing nations of the world, representing 41 per cent of the worldwide inhabitants, 24 per cent of the worldwide GDP and 16 per cent of the worldwide commerce. India has been strongly pitching for deeper cooperation among the many BRICS member nations in coping with terrorism, extremism and radicalisation.
The MEA stated the assembly additionally delved into the rising threats to nationwide safety, equivalent to cyber-security. “Other items on the agenda were cooperation among law enforcement agencies, health safety and healthcare and counter-terrorism,” the MEA stated. “India raised the issue of cross-border terrorism and activities of groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed which enjoy State support and threaten peace and security,” it stated.
The MEA stated the assembly additionally paid appreciable consideration to the “heightened risk” of the expansion of unlawful drug manufacturing and trafficking within the area. “It was agreed that concerned agencies in BRICS countries will enhance their cooperation in this area. Health Safety and healthcare were also identified as a priority area of cooperation within BRICS in the light of new challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic,” it stated. “In the area of Cyber Security, it was agreed to strengthen joint efforts to enhance cooperation by sharing of information and exchange of best practices, combat cyber-crimes and capacity building,” the MEA added.
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