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EAM S. Jaishankar calls for reform in International Bodies including UNSC and WHO

Addressing the BRICS Foreign ministers meeting on Friday, he called for expansion of the UN Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories.

He also called for reformed multilateralism including reform of international bodies like UN, WTO, IMF, WHO etc.

Highlighting the scourge of terrorism EAM called for enhanced BRICS cooperation for countering the menace. 

The BRICS Ministers reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to contribute further to the global efforts of preventing and countering the threat of terrorism on the basis of respect for international law and the UN Charter.

In order to address the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, the Ministers emphasized the need for launching multilateral negotiations on an international convention for suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism at the Conference on Disarmament.

The meeting of the foreign ministers of BRICS was convened by the current BRICS Chair Russia. The meeting, which is traditionally held in the capital of the BRICS Chair, was convened via video conference due to the ongoing pandemic.

The discussions centered around overview of global situations – new threats and challenges, regional hot spots.

The Ministers discussed possible BRICS cooperation on international fora including on key issues on the 75 UNGA agenda.

Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, chaired the meeting where beside India, Foreign ministers of  Brazil, China, and  South Africa, represented the respective BRICS countries.

The meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers, which is traditionally held in the capital of the BRICS Chair, was convened via video conference due to ongoing pandemic.

In his remarks, EAM highlighted that BRICS has an important role to play in the wake of grave challenges in economic, political and health fields. The ministers exchanged views on the international situation and regional hotspots including Afghanistan and West Asia.

The BRICS Ministers called for establishing long-term peace in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the basis of successful, direct, and inclusive Intra-Afghan negotiations supported by international partners. The peace process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

EAM also highlighted the Aatmanirbhar Bharat as a dynamic and mutually beneficial global economic engagement, covering five key pillars, including- economy, infrastructure, technology, demography, and demand, to help achieve rapid growth and development.

EAM assured BRICS partners that, as BRICS Chair in 2021, India will continue the work to strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation in all the three pillars viz. political and security, economic and trade and people to people.

EAM indicated that India’s effort would be to consolidate intra BRICS solidarity and provide concrete institutional framework for the purpose.

 

Report by Abhishek Jha

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