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Counterterrorism issues take centre stage as BRICS nations meet

The BRICS High Representatives also discussed and exchanged assessment of recent developments in west-Asia and north-African region.? Photograph: (Twitter)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 16, 2016, 03.47 AM (IST)
In their sixth meeting on Thursday, representatives from Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) responsible for security encouraged cooperation and sharing of information on counterterrorism issues within the group, Indian news agency ANI reported today. 

India's ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: "The higher representatives encouraged cooperation and exchange of best practices, expertise, information and knowledge on counterterrorism issues. In this context, they welcomed the first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Counter Terrorism that was held a day before. They also agreed to expand BRICS counter-terrorism cooperation further to include measures for denying terrorists access to finance and terror hardware such as equipment, arms and ammunition."

'Acknowledging the positive contribution of the BRICS grouping on important global issues, they deliberated on security issues such as counterterrorism, cyber security and energy security. In the area of cyber security and information security they agreed to strengthen joint efforts on enhancing cyber security by sharing information on best practices, combating cyber crimes improving cooperation between technical and law enforcement agencies including joint cyber security R and D and capacity building,' he added.

The representatives also discussed and exchanged assessment of recent developments in west-Asia and north-African region. 

Swaroop said: "BRICS representatives also agreed to explore regular energy dialogue between BRICS countries in order to discuss long term and medium term energy security issues while highlighting the need for resolution of standing disputes in west Asia, North Africa through dialogue peaceful means and in accordance with international law and the principals of the UN charter," he said.

National security adviser Ajit Doval led the talks from India's side.

Other representatives included General Sergio Westphalen Etchegoyen, Brazil minister of state, Nikolai P Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Mr. Yang Jiechi, state councilor, People's Republic of China, Mbangiseni David Mahlobo, minister of state security South Africa.

(WION with inputs from ANI)
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