BRICS Leaders Meeting over Afghanistan Peaceful Settlement

September 10, 2021

Leaders of the five-nation BRICS club (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and called for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan crisis on Thursday. According to the declaration issued at the virtual summit via video conference, the leaders also sought an “inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order.”

While the summit’s theme is “cooperation for continuity, convergence, and agreement,” the focus has remained on Afghanistan, according to NDTV. The summit’s “New Delhi Declaration” also highlighted the need to “address the humanitarian situation and uphold human rights, including those of women, children, and minorities.”

The five-nation coalition also emphasized their “priority of combating terrorism, including deterring terrorist organizations from using Afghan territory as a terrorist rescue center and carrying out attacks against other countries.” According to the declaration, they are “committed to combating terrorism including cross-border movement of terrorists, terrorism financing networks, and safe havens.” During the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a strong statement on the subject, warning of the dangers that an unstable Afghanistan could pose to neighboring countries.

Afghanistan must not become a “threat to neighboring countries, a source of drug trafficking, and a source of terrorism.” Its citizens “deserve the right to define what their state will look like on their own.” He also stated who his country held accountable for the situation. “The withdrawal of the US and its allies from Afghanistan has created a new crisis”. “Global security has faced significant challenges, and the system of strategic stability has deteriorated. Outstanding regional conflicts have not been resolved.”

He explained, this situation “results from irresponsible attempts to impose alien values.” To construct a so-called democracy while disregarding historical features and traditions that others have followed. It causes destabilization and chaos as well as the entire international community will have to clean up the mess.”

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