The influential five-nation group BRICS said on Thursday that the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to carry out terrorist attacks against other countries. The group said it was committed to combating all forms of terrorism, including cross-border movement of terrorists.
The group held extensive discussions on key issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, at the virtual summit chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that this forum of world’s influential economies has approved an anti-terrorism action plan. The annual BRICS summit was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping includes the world’s five largest developing countries, accounting for 41 percent of the global population, It represents 24 percent of global GDP and 16 percent of global trade. Presiding over the annual summit of BRICS through digital medium, the Prime Minister said that BRICS has achieved many achievements in the last one and a half decades and today the grouping has become an effective voice for the emerging economies of the world. He called for ensuring that this group is made more effective in the next 15 years.
In a statement issued at the end of the summit, the group called for abstention from violence and a peaceful resolution of the situation in Afghanistan. “We call for the avoidance of violence and a solution to the situation through peaceful means,” BRICS said. We stress the need to contribute to promoting an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order in the country. The group also strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks near Kabul airport in which a large number of people were killed and many were injured.
BRICS said, “We underline the priority of combating terrorism, including the use of Afghan territory as terrorist havens and attacks against other countries by terrorist organizations, as well as preventing the drug trade within Afghanistan.” efforts are involved.’ “We emphasize the need to address the human condition and uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities,” the group said. Referring to the menace of terrorism, BRICS said it is committed to combating all forms of terrorism, including cross-border movement of terrorists.
The summit also endorsed the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan to implement the group’s counter-terrorism strategy, which was adopted by the national security advisers of the grouping member states. “We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms – whenever, wherever and by anyone – the statement said. We recognize the threat posed by terrorism, extremism and radicalization that contribute to terrorism. Reiterating that terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, the leaders said, “We continue to contribute to the global effort to prevent and combat the menace of terrorism on the basis of respect for international law.” reaffirm our unwavering commitment to
BRICS said, “We reject double standards in combating terrorism and extremism supporting terrorism. We call for the early finalization and adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism within the framework of the United Nations.
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