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BRICS leaders want violence in Afghanistan ceased

BRICS leaders want violence in Afghanistan ceased

Sep 04, 2017 - 14:14

XIAMEN, China (Pajhwok): BRICS leaders strongly condemned terrorist attacks on innocent Afghan nationals on Monday as Chinese President Xi Jinping opened an annual summit of the grouping in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

Hoping to counter accusations the grouping was becoming irrelevant, the countries, adopting the Xiamen Declaration, agreed to strengthen cooperation against a range of terror groups.

A statement issued by the participants deplored "all terrorist attacks worldwide" and condemned 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 express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Talibaninfo-icon, the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and its affiliates, including the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistaninfo-icon and Hizbut Tahrir," it added.

The statement said nations should unite to fight the groups in accordance with the principles of international law, but emphasised the importance of not interfering in the sovereign affairs of individual states.

The ninth BRICS summit chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for immediate cessation of violence in Afghanistaninfo-icon and reaffirmed their support to the people of Afghanistan.

They supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and national reconciliation and ongoing international efforts, including the Moscow Format of consultations on  Afghanistan and “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process”, as well as multimodal connectivity projects to promote peace and stability.

“We support the efforts of the Afghan National Defense and security Forces in fighting terrorist organizations,” they said.

However, the summit was upstaged by North Korea's latest nuclear test.  The BRICS include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The summit includes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Michel Temer of Brazil and South Africa's Jacob Zuma.



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