Centralizing the theme of ‘Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’, the ninth edition of the BRICS summit is underway in Xiamen, China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with prominent leaders from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are attending the meet.
Xi delivered the opening address and said cooperation is the key as the world undergoes ‘Profound Changes’.
“Despite our differences in national conditions, our five countries are in a similar stage of development and share the same development cause. We should speak in one voice and jointly present our solutions to issues concerning international peace and development”- he added.
The BRICS leaders were seen condemning terrorist attacks worldwide, including those in BRICS countries. They condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestation wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification for any act of terror. They reaffirmed that those responsible for committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable.
In a declaration, the BRICS urged for unity against terror groups like the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tehrik-i-Taliban and Hizb ut-Tahrir.
“We call for expeditious finalization and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) by the United Nations General Assembly,” the BRICS said.
“We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad(JEM), TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,”- it added.
The focus then shifted to the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea and the BRICS declaration was seen condemning the same.
The declaration read – “We strongly deplore the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK ( the official name of North Korea). We express deep concern over the ongoing tension and prolonged nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and emphasize that it should only be settled through peaceful means and direct dialogue between all the parties concerned. ”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed ways for boosting bilateral trade and investment.
“The two sides basically touched upon several aspects of the bilateral relationship. President Putin recalled prime minister’s visit to Russia earlier this year. And, he thanked the prime minister for high-level participation from India at the Eastern Economic Forum,”- External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was quoted saying.