NEW DELHI: Highlighting the scourge of terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday called for enhanced BRICS cooperation in countering terrorism in a virtual meeting of the foreign ministers. He expressed satisfaction on the conclusion of BRICS ‘counter-terrorism strategy’.
Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi participated in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Russia. They are likely to meet physically next week for the first time since the current border stand-off was first reported in early May.
Significantly, the Brics ministers expressed concern at the rise of violence and continuing conflicts in different parts of the world that have “significant impact at both regional and international levels”.
“They concurred that, irrespective of their historic background and distinctive nature, conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means and diplomatic engagement through political dialogue and negotiations in line with principles and norms of international law, particularly the UN Charter,” said a joint statement, while noting the UNSC Resolution 2532 (2020) that demanded a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda with the exception of military operations against terrorist groups.
“Exchanged views on the international situation and regional hotspots including Afghanistan and West Asia. Urged full support of BRICS in reforming UNSC as an exercise in our collective faith in meaningful multi-lateralism,” tweeted Jaishankar after the meeting.
The ministers reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations “whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed” and asserted 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,” said the joint statement.
The ministers also reaffirmed the commitment to upholding and respecting international law, including the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.
Jaishankar also called for reformed multi-lateralism including reform of international bodies like UN, WTO, IMF and WHO.