India calls for greater cooperation among BRICS nations

Gen. (retd) Singh said the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) supported India's call for early adoption of a comprehensive United Nations convention against worldwide terrorism.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that the BRICS cooperation has shown strong vitality during the past ten years.

"I have pointed out that terrorism remains the most potent global menace and threatens global peace..." He stressed that terrorists can not be differentiated as good or bad. "However, it will only operate inside the five, while we need global ratings in order to attract world-renowned investors", he said.

A media note published at the meeting said that the ministers commended the fruitful cooperation forged in the past and look forward to continued and positive cooperation among BRICS countries.

'It is important to enhance BRICS security in counter-terrorism matters, ' Singh said. "They recall the responsibility of all States to prevent financing of terror networks and terrorist actions from their territories", the statement said.

VK Singh, on behalf of the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, who could not be present at the meeting, called for a greater engagement among the BRICS nations that have collectively expanded their agenda consistently from only concerning the financial matters to the matters of security and counter terrorism faced rampantly by the global community.

Asked about differences with India, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi defended China's stance on terror and said that China opposed terror in all forms.

New Delhi was expected to flag the issue of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, and particularly the case of Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar who has been accused of masterminding attacks in India, at the meet.

Wang made the remarks when he talked to South African, Indian and Russian officials respectively ahead of a BRICS foreign ministers' meeting in Beijing. He said there are working groups formed in BRICS to deal with counter terrorism issues.

India on Monday pitched for a greater engagement with BRICS nations which have steadily expanded its agenda from financial matters to security and counter terrorism issues facing the worldwide community.

"BRICS countries are a community of shared interests and future", Xi told the foreign ministers of the bloc when they called on him today to discuss new ideas to revitalise the organisation.

Xi's government is going all out to ensure the BRICS summit in September, which Xi will host in Xiamen, Fujian. We have a common opinion. His counterparts from Russia (Sergey Lavrov), South Africa (Maite Nkoana-Mashabane) and Brazil (Aloysio Nunes) attended the meet. They opposed the use of chemical weapons by anyone, for any objective and under any circumstance. "The ministers are concerned by the threats and challenges posed by the use of ICTs for criminal and terrorist purposes and the weaponisation of outer space and arms race there", it said.

Vanessa Coleman

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