Weekly Current Affairs

BRICS members to unite against terror groups [IR, Security]

  • Underscoring demand for an international legal order to deal with the threat of terrorism, BRICS High Representatives in charge of security, agreed to intensify cooperation against terror groups like the IS in West Asia and North Africa region.
  • 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 memberstates in recent months.
  • Whilehighlighting theneedfor resolutionof outstandingdisputes intheWANAregion 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.
  • It is significant as it gave one more opportunity to all sides to raise the issue of a counter terror convention before it is taken up at the United Nations in the coming session of the UN General Assembly that begins this weekend.
  • Discussion on counter-terror also highlighted the growing convergence of BRICS members on the threats from West Asian region.
  • Russia, China and India are trying to create an alternative channel of resolution of some of the enduring civil wars in West Asia and North African region.
  • Following Russian and Chinese roles to control violence in Syria, India too mobilised its diplomatic team and sent Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar, to Syria and Iraq in August.
  • 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.