BRICS NSAs meet to discuss cooperation in counter-terrorism

India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Dovalalong with top security officials of the BRICS countries held their annual security dialogue here on Friday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber and energy security.

The meeting of NSAs from BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — is hosted by China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

Doval and Yang, who are special representatives of India-China border, on Thursday held a separate meeting to discuss bilateral issues, during which they were also understood to have discussed the stand-off between the troops of the both the countries at the Dokalam area in Sikkim section.

The military stand-off began on June 16 when Chinese troops attempted to lay a road in the Dokalam area. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

India and China share a 220-km-long border in Sikkim section.

Besides Doval and Yang, today’s meeting is attended by minister of state security David Mahlobo of South Africa, minister Sergio Etchegoyen of the Office of Institutional Security of the Presidency of Brazil, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev of Russia.

The NSAs meeting was held ahead of the 2017 BRICS Summit to be held in Fujian province’s Xiamen city from September 3 to 5.

Source: The Times of India