Condemning recent terror attacks against India and other countries, BRICS ministers have called for speeding up the international pact against the global menace.
The ministers of the five countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) -- met in united Nations on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to review their strategic partnership and discuss cooperation.
India was represented by M. J. Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs.
A statement issued after the meeting said: "They urged concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism."
"They called for an early conclusion of the negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention against terrorism," the statement said.
India took the lead in suggesting the Comprehensive Convention on International Convention 20 years ago. But the convention has faced disagreement over who is a terrorist.
Pakistan as well as some other Muslim and Arab countries do not want it to cover organisations that they consider national liberation movements.
While China went along with the sentiments of the other BRICS ministers on countering terrorism, Beijing has been provided cover at the UN to Pakistan and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.