Source: News Bharati English15 Sep 2016 19:51:46

New Delhi, Sept 15, : Top security advisors of BRICS grouping today agreed to cooperate to deny terrorists access to finance and weapons while vowing to launch joint efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism emanating from the West Asia and North African region.

The decision came as the BRICS High Representatives responsible for security held their sixth meeting which was presided over by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said that, from the very first day India is against any form of terrorism and there should not be a segmented approach on the issue of terror.

The delegation from Brazil was led by H.E. General Sergio Westphalen Etchegoyen, Minister of State, Head of the Cabinet for Institutional Security of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, Russia by H.E. Mr. Nikolai P. Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, China by H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councilor, People’s Republic of China, and South Africa by H.E. Mr. Mbangiseni David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security.

The BRICS group have agreed for strengthening the joint efforts on enhancing cyber security by sharing of information combating cyber-crimes, improving cooperation between technical and law enforcement agencies.

The High Representatives agreed for exchanging information about Counter Terrorism issues. They also agreed for the expansion of BRICS Counter Terrorism cooperation to include measures for denying terrorists access to finance and terror-hardware.

On the front of energy sector the group has agreed for regular dialogue between BRICS countries for addressing the energy security issues. BRICS representatives advocated for the formation of pool against counter terrorism and violent extremism emanating from the region.