Jaishankar asks Brics meet to fight terrorism

Wednesday 07th June 2023 07:00 EDT

Describing terrorism as a major threat to international peace and security, India's foreign minister S Jaishankar called upon all nations to take resolute measures against this menace, including its financing and propaganda. Speaking at the Brics foreign ministers meeting in Cape Town, the minister emphasised that it must be combated in all of its expressions and forms and never tolerated.

The discussion that took place in advance of the Brics conference that South Africa is anticipated to host in August also included Jaishankar's Chinese and Russian colleagues, Qin Gang and Sergey Lavrov.

According to Jaishankar, the current state of the world demanded that Brics countries handle important current challenges seriously, constructively, and collaboratively. “Our gathering must send out a strong message that the world is multipolar, that it is rebalancing, and that old ways cannot address new situations. We are a symbol of change and must act accordingly,’’ he said in his opening remarks, as he urged the member-states to demonstrate sincerity in efforts to reform global decision-making, including that of the UNSC.

“This responsibility is even greater as we contemplate the devastating after-effects of the Covid pandemic, the stresses arising from conflict, and the economic distress of the global south. They underline the deep shortcomings of the current international architecture which does not reflect today’s politics, economics, demographics or indeed aspirations. For two decades, we have heard calls for reform of multilateral institutions, only to be continuously disappointed,’’ Jaishankar said.

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