India raised the issue of cross-border terrorism and activities of groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at the meeting of BRICS representatives responsible for national security on Tuesday and said that these groups “enjoy state aid” and threaten peace and security.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval hosted the 11th meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) senior representatives responsible for national security on Tuesday via videoconferencing.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the representatives adopted the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan and recommended it for consideration at the BRICS summit.
The Action Plan aims to further strengthen existing cooperation mechanisms in areas such as financing and countering terrorism, terrorist abuse of the internet, curbing terrorist travel, border controls, soft target protection, information sharing, capacity building and regional and international cooperation.
In a covert dig in Pakistan on cross-border terrorism, India said activities by groups like LeT and JeM threaten the peace.
“India has raised the issue of cross-border terrorism and activities of groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, who enjoy state aid and threaten peace and security,” the statement said.
It said the meeting discussed the regional and global political and security scenario, paying particular attention to current developments in Afghanistan, Iran, Western Asia and the Gulf and emerging threats to national security such as cybersecurity.
The meeting was attended by Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and director of the Bureau of the Central Commission on Foreign Affairs; Ncediso Goodenough Kodwa, Deputy Minister of State Security of the Republic of South Africa; Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, Minister of State and Head of the Cabinet for Institutional Security of the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil and; General Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Other agenda items included law enforcement cooperation, health, safety and healthcare, and counter-terrorism.
India will hold the BRICS presidency this year, coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the BRICS grouping. The High Representatives meeting took place ahead of the BRICS leaders’ summit that India will host this year.