From the Afghanistan crisis to the Covid pandemic, here are 12 key takeaways from the BRICS meeting

The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping has strongly urged the prevention of attempts by various terror groups to use Afghan territory to carry out attacks against other countries.

Other key takeaways from the BRICS meeting on Thursday include:

1. It advocated for an all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to ensure the country’s peace and stability. The top leaders of the BRICS leaders emphasized the importance of addressing the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and upholding human rights, including those of women, children, and minorities, at an India-hosted virtual summit chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

2. The coalition stated that it is committed to combating terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorist movement, terrorism financing networks, and safe-havens.

3. The grouping did not name any countries but stated that they oppose “double standards” in combating terrorism and extremism that leads to terrorism.

4. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern about terrorism emanating from Afghanistan and chastised the US, claiming that the current round of the country’s crisis is a direct result of “irresponsible attempts” to impose “alien values.”

He stated that Russia does not want Afghanistan to remain a “threat to the surrounding countries” by allowing “terrorism and illegal drug trafficking to threaten us from Afghan territory.”

5. Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro all spoke at the summit on a variety of topics.

6. In the declaration, the BRICS discussed collective responsibility in combating COVID-19 and noted that cooperation on the study of coronavirus origins (SARS-COV-2) is an important aspect of the pandemic’s fight.

7. According to the BRICS declaration, the leaders strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks near Kabul airport and urged a halt to violence and a peaceful resolution of the situation.

8. The leaders emphasized the importance of addressing the humanitarian situation and upholding human rights, particularly those of women, children, and minorities.

9. In his opening remarks, Modi mentioned the grouping’s adoption of the ‘BRICS counter-terrorism action plan,’ as well as a number of accomplishments during India’s tenure as chair.

10. The BRICS counter-terrorism strategy aims to strengthen existing bilateral and multilateral ties within the grouping while also making a significant contribution to global efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.

11. The BRICS also condemned “double standards” in counter-terrorism and called for the completion and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism within the UN framework as soon as possible.

12. Next year, China will take over as BRICS chair and host the 14th BRICS summit.

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