Underscoring the demand for an international legal order to deal with the threat of terrorism, BRICS High Representatives in charge of security, on Thursday agreed to intensify cooperation against terror groups like the IS in West Asia and North Africa region (WANA).
Highlighting the growing demand for “peace building” in the violence-torn region, the meeting focused on finding a political solution to the “outstanding issues” in the WANA region that has received increased attention of the BRICS member-states in recent months.
“While highlighting the need for resolution of outstanding disputes in the WANA region through dialogue and peaceful means and in accordance with the international law and principles of the UN charter, BRICS High Representatives also agreed to pool BRICS’ efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism emanating from the region,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs after the meeting.
The meeting of the High Representatives on security issues was led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and attended by his counterparts, Yang Jiechi, State Councilor, China; Gen Sergio Westphalen Etchengoyen of Brazil; Nikolai P. Patrushev of Russia and Mbangiseni David Mahlobo of South Africa. Thursday’s discussion gave one more opportunity to all sides to raise the issue of a counter-terror convention before it is taken up at the UN.