BRICS 2021 NSA Meeting: India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval hosted the 11th Meeting of the BRICS High Representatives Responsible for National Security through video conferencing.
Note: BRICS members comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
About the BRICS 2021 NSA Meeting:
The 13th BRICS Summit is a series of events that are being held under India’s Chairship in 2021.
This is the third time India is hosting the BRICS Summit after 2012 and 2016.
The theme for this edition is ‘BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’.
The meeting of NSAs of the member countries is being amid the held the Taliban’s hostile takeover of Afghanistan and discussion on the future of Afghanistan is expected to be the agenda.
The meeting of the NSAs aims to strengthen security cooperation among the member countries.
Key Points of the meeting:
- The meeting was attended by the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Gen Patrushev, Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, South African Deputy Minister of State Security Ncediso Goodenough Kodwa and Gen Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, Minister of State and Head of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Presidency of Brazil.
- At the meet, India launched a veiled attack on Islamabad, saying that terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohamed are enjoying state support and are threatening peace.
- The BROCS NSA meeting adopted and recommended the BRICS counter-terrorism action plan for consideration by the BRICS Summit.
- The Action Plan aims to further strengthen existing mechanisms of cooperation in areas such as financing and combating terrorism, misuse of the internet by terrorists, curbing the travel of terrorists, border controls, protection of soft targets, information sharing, capacity building, and regional and international cooperation.
- The Afghanistan scenario and developments in Iran, West Asia and the Gulf region were discussed by NSA Ajit Doval and other top security officials of the BRICS.
- The health safety and healthcare issues amid the COVID-19 outbreak were discussed by the Top security officials of the BRICS.
- India took a dig at Pakistan over cross-border terrorism at BRICS meet.
- India holds the chairship of BRICS for 2021 which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the BRICS grouping.
- The BRICS Summit is scheduled to be hosted by India in September 2021.
- Under India’s chairship in the earlier summit, the BRICS members’ space agencies heads signed an agreement for cooperation in remote sensing satellite data sharing.
- The agreement enables building a virtual constellation of specified remote sensing satellites of BRICS space agencies and their respective ground stations that will receive the data.
- This will contribute to strengthening multilateral cooperation among BRICS space agencies in meeting the challenges faced by mankind, such as global climate change, major disasters and environmental protection.
- In July, the BRICS meeting of the Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues was held.
- During the three-day meeting, the BRICS members agreed on various proposals circulated by India, for strengthening and increasing the intra-BRICS cooperation and trade.