The Chinese Side Chaired the 7th Meeting of BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group
On 21 April 2022, Mr. Bai Tian, Rotating Chair of BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) and Director General of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, chaired the 7th meeting of BRICS CTWG via video link. Representatives from competent ministries of China were present. The meeting was also attended by heads of delegations of other BRICS countries, including Mr. Vladimir Tarabrin, Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia for International Anti-Terrorist Cooperation and Director of the Department on the Issues of New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs of India, Mr. James Letuma, General Manager of Counter Terrorism of State Security Agency of South Africa, and Mr. Ragniell Bertolini, General Coordinator for Combating Transnational Illicit Acts of Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
H. E. Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, issued written remarks at the opening ceremony of the meeting. He elaborated on China’s proposals and suggestions for BRICS counter-terrorism endeavor and its future development. BRICS countries are expected to uphold the spirit of the Global Security Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping, constantly explore cooperation potential, and adopt new ways of cooperation, so as to make even greater contribution to tackling terrorist threats and safeguarding international peace and security. The remarks were warmly received among BRICS representatives.
During the meeting, representatives of BRICS countries had an in-depth exchange of views on global, regional and domestic counter-terrorism situation, and on strengthening BRICS counter-terrorism cooperation. They were of the view that in the context of COVID-19 and profound changes in the world, many countries are facing economic challenges and rising social tensions. Terrorist organizations are abusing the Internet, social media and emerging technologies. Some country is also politicizing counter-terrorism or using it as a tool. Global counter-terrorism cooperation is thus facing severe challenges. BRICS countries, as major emerging countries with global influence, need to uphold the central, coordinating role of the United Nations in the global counter-terrorism endeavor and fully implement the BRICS counter-terrorism strategy and action plan. They need to play an even bigger role in the global counter-terrorism struggle by adopting integrated measures and promoting unity and coordination.
Representatives of BRICS countries commended the effective work of the Chinese side, as rotating chair of BRICS, for hosting the 7th meeting of BRICS CTWG, which was extensive and fruitful. They will continue to fully support China’s chairmanship and work for continued progress in BRICS counter-terrorism cooperation.
(Source:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China)