BRICS Xiamen Declaration: Leaders condemn terrorism, violence caused by Taliban, ISIS

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BRICS leaders unveiled the Xiamen Declaration in which member countries unequivocally condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations.

 BRICS Summit plenary session
BRICS Summit plenary session

Xiamen: BRICS leaders unveiled the Xiamen Declaration here on Monday in which member countries unequivocally condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations and called upon all states to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating the menace, including countering radicalisation, recruitment, and movement of terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters.

The Xiamen BRICS Declaration signed by the BRICS members specifically stated, "BRICS express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir."

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"BRICS deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organising, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable."

"Recalling the primary leading role and responsibility of the states in preventing and countering terrorism, we stress the necessity to develop international cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, including that of sovereign equality of states and non-interference in their internal affairs," the BRICS Xiamen joint declaration stated.

BRICS member countries also reaffirmed solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism, valued the 2nd BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group Meeting held in Beijing on May 18, 2017, and agreed to strengthen the cooperation.

"We are committed to prevent and counter the growing spread of terrorist narratives, and to tackle all sources, techniques and channels of terrorist financing. We call for swift and effective implementation of relevant UNSC Resolutions and the FATF International Standards worldwide. We seek to intensify our cooperation in FATF and FATF-style regional bodies (FSRBs). We recall the responsibility of all States to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories," the statement added.

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Meanwhile, while, in the plenary session earlier in the day, Chinese President Jinping, in his opening address, stressed on striking a balance between the speed of growth and the quality of growth, Prime Minister Modi called for a greater cooperation between the BRICS member-nations for ensuring global stability and peace, in his address. (ANI)

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