On Thursday, September 27, 2018 addressing the meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj said that BRICS was formed to change the status quo in International organization, it should not reinforce the status quo and should speak with stronger voice rather than be divided on the areas of International governance.
Swaraj said, “At a broader level, we need to develop greater understanding and convergence on issues of mutual concern in the coming years, if BRICS has to emerge stronger”.
She said, “The discussions on the UNSC reforms cannot be an exercise in perpetuity, while the legitimacy and credibility of the Security Council continues to get eroded”.
EAM @SushmaSwaraj delivering her statement at the BRICS Ministerial Meeting on margins of #UNGA : While BRICS has taken several impressive strides in the last decade, we still need to consolidate BRICS amongst the five of us further. Full statement at https://t.co/ekJkSeMzG6 pic.twitter.com/kqRnrFQQsO
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 27, 2018
She added, “We in BRICS should speak with a stronger voice rather than be divided amongst ourselves on this critical area of international governance”.
Sushma Swaraj urged the BRICS leaders to work together to curb terrorism by dismantling terror infrastructure, finance and training facilities and said that FATF will be an effective tool in fight against terrorism.
She said, “Dismantling terrorist outfits’ support infrastructure would be the first step. Terror groups such as Lashkar-e-taiba, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Taliban, and Haqqani Network are organized entities that thrive on State support”. She added, “Implementation of FATF (Financial Action Task Force) standards, across all jurisdictions, will strengthen international efforts in addressing terrorism”.
BRICS, five members grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, was formed a decade ago with the motive to change the status quo at International Organization and voices for United Nations Security Council reforms.