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BRICS to focus on counter-terror cooperation as priority area

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BRICS, a bloc of five leading nations including and China, will discuss counter-terror cooperation as one of its priority areas during its annual summit later this year.

The said the issue figured at a (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Sherpa meeting held in Brazilian city of between March 14 and 15.

is the of the grouping which represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world population and they have a combined nominal GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.

"It is worth mentioning that has identified countering terrorism as one of its priority areas for under its presidency. Brazil's priorities for its presidency includes inter-alia science, technology, and innovation, digital economy, and Business Council as well as countering transnational crime and terrorism," the MEA said.

The Indian delegation at the meeting was led by T S Tirumurti, (Economic Relations) in the

After the February 14 Pulwama attack, has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner on the issue of terrorism.

"conveyed its support for the priority areas set out by Brazil, particularly to take forward BRICS cooperation on counter terrorism in a meaningful and concrete manner with BRICS member countries," the MEA said.

"India also underlined the need to take forward inter-alia people-to-people cooperation, cooperation in science and technology and innovation, and also in health and traditional medicine," it added.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 10:20 IST