Top security officials of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) on Wednesday said terrorism, especially state-sponsored terrorist activities operating from across the border, continues to be a major threat to global peace and security, in a veiled reference to Pakistan. The issue was raised in the digital meeting of National Security Advisors of IBSA hosted by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
IBSA has emerged as an important tripartite grouping to promote cooperation in various fields. This was the first meeting of the National Security Advisors of the member countries of the grouping. The meeting took place in view of the preparations for the next IBSA summit. Presently India is the chairman of this group.
“The officials involved in the meeting agreed that terrorism, especially state-sponsored terrorism operating from across the border, continues to be a major threat to global peace and security and can be prevented through integrated efforts,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. should be dealt with.’
The ministry said that the three countries also resolved to enhance cooperation in the areas of intelligence sharing, exchanges between relevant national agencies and capacity building. The issue of maritime security also came up in the meeting. The ministry said that the trilateral IBSAMAR maritime exercise will be held soon.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ajit Doval had a meeting with the top security officials of the BRICS countries through a digital medium. The meeting was attended by Russian National Security Adviser General Petrushev, Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi, Brazilian Security Officer General Augusto Helena Ribeiro Pereira and South African Deputy State Security Minister Nasediso Goodenough Kodava. The meeting was held a week after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.