In a major diplomatic victory for India, the ongoing BRICS Summit at Xiamen in China today issued a declaration, which, for the first time, named terror groups based in Pakistan as the five nations united in condemning terrorism and finding ways to eliminate it.
The declaration, adopted by the five BRICS nations – India, China, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa – explicitly names Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hizb-ut-Tahrir in a clear sign that Beijing’s consistent stonewalling of Pakistan did not work at the Xiamen summit.
“We support the efforts of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in fighting terrorist organizations. We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir. We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for 22 committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable,” the declaration said.
The declaration also backed India’s stand on its accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, stressing the need for a predictable environment for access to technology and financing.
Moreover, at a restricted session at the BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for joint counter-terror strategy and suggested a new mechanism to counter-radicalisation. India has also offered to hold an international conference in this regard.
“This is the first time that it has listed specific organisations,” said Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
But whether or not China’s endorsement of the declaration indicates a shift in Beijing’s stand on both issues remains unclear. Beijing has blocked India’s bid to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar at the UNSC as well as India’s bid to enter the NSG.
MODI FOR MORE BRICS COOPERATION
Earlier, Modi, in his plenary session address, emphasized the need for cooperation among the BRICS member nations for peace and development. “Cooperation is important for peace and development. A strong BRICS partnership on innovation and digital economy can help spur growth, promote transparency and support the SDGs (sustainable development goals),” he said.
Modi started his address by thanking Chinese President Xi Jinping for the warm reception and excellent organisation of the 9th edition of the annual summit.