BRICS leaders warn of terrorism

The leaders of a group of emerging economies have insisted that Afghanistan cannot become a sanctuary for terrorists. The heads of the BRICS countries; Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa; believe they have a strong influence on regional affairs.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted an online meeting of the group. They discussed terrorism, security, and human rights, particularly how to protect Afghan women, children and minorities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed US leaders for the situation they left behind when they withdrew their forces last week. He said the crisis stems from what he called their "irresponsible attempts" to impose alien values.

Putin said Afghanistan should not become a threat to its neighbors or a source of terrorism and drug trafficking.