The first BRICS Sherpa meeting under the Presidency of Brazil was held in Curitiba, Brazil between 14-15 March 2019.T S Tirumurti, Secretary(ER) in the Ministry of External Affairs, led the Indian delegation at the BRICS Sherpa meeting.
It is worth mentioning that Brazil has identified countering terrorism as one of its priority areas for BRICS under its presidency. Brazil’s priorities for its Presidency includes inter-alia science, technology, and innovation, digital economy, New Development Bank and BRICS Business Council as well as countering transnational crime and terrorism.
India 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. 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.