BEIJING: The 6th meeting of the BRICS
Counter Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) was held virtually on 28-29 July 2021
under the Chairship of India. Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter
Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs chaired the meeting. Senior counter
terrorism officials from all BRICS countries participated in the meeting.
The main outcome of the Working Group meeting was the finalisation of the BRICS
Counter Terrorism Action Plan containing specific measures to implement the
BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by BRICS Leaders in 2020.
The Action Plan is aimed at further
strengthening result oriented cooperation between BRICS countries in areas such
as preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, financing of terrorism,
misuse of internet by terrorists, curbing travel of terrorists, border control,
protection of soft targets, information sharing, capacity building,
international and regional cooperation etc.
The BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan is one of the key deliverables during
India’s Chairship of BRICS and will be adopted at the meeting of BRICS National
Security Advisors scheduled next month.
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 BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group meeting was preceded by virtual
meetings of the five thematic sub-working groups on Misuse of Internet for
Terrorist Purpose, Deradicalization, Countering Terrorist Financing, Capacity
Building and Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters on 26-27 July 2021.