BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan finalised at working group meet

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi  Published: Jul 31, 2021, 03:12 PM(IST)

BRICS counter terror working group chaired by Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs Mahaveer Singhvi Photograph:( Others )

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At a working group meet that took place last week under the chairmanship of India, BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan has been finalised. The meet took place on July 28 and 29, and was chaired by Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs Mahaveer Singhvi. The meet saw the participation of Senior counter terrorism officials from all BRICS countries

BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan has been finalised at the working group meet that took place last week under the chairmanship of India. The meet took place on July 28 and 29, and was chaired by Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs Mahaveer Singhvi.

The meet, which took place virtually, saw the participation of Senior counter terrorism officials from all BRICS countries. 

The Counter Terrorism action plan aims to "further strengthening result-oriented cooperation between BRICS countries" in areas, such as "preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, financing of terrorism, misuse of the internet by terrorists, curbing travel of terrorists, border control, protection of soft targets, information sharing, capacity building, international and regional cooperation, etc," said the ministry of external affairs release.   

The plan will be adopted at the BRICS National Security Advisors meeting that will take place in August. The plan implements BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by BRICS Leaders in 2020. Later this year, India hosts the BRICS leaders' meet and so far, many events have been organised under India's leadership. 

During the working group meeting while "condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed, the BRICS countries also exchanged views on terrorism threat assessment at national, regional and global level and resolved to further enhance counter terrorism cooperation in line with the action plan," the MEA release pointed out. 

Ahead of the Counter Terrorism Working Group meet, sub workings groups met on five subjects, such as misuse of internet for terrorist purposes, de-radicalisation, countering terrorist financing, capacity building and countering foreign terrorist fighters on July 26 and 27. 

BRICS is a grouping of countries namely, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is a major group as it has a considerable global output. On June 1, India hosted the BRICS FMs meet virtually. This is the third time, India is holding the BRICS chairmanship, after 2012 and 2016. 

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