BRICS summit: LeT, JeM ‘threat to regional peace’

Leaders of the five emerging economic powers have for the first time named militant groups as a security concern in the South Asia region while urging the United Nations to develop a “genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition” to combat militancy.

The move came in a declaration passed by heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen on Monday.

The group called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan.

“We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, (Islamic State), al Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the leaders said in the declaration as they called for the patrons of these organisations to be held to account.

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