New Delhi (NVI): Talking tough on terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today raised the global threat at the 12th BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the countries that support terrorists must be held guilty.
“The finalisation of BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy is an important achievement. I propose that our NSAs hold discussions on a Counter Terrorism Action Plan,” PM Modi said while addressing the summit of the five-nation grouping via video conferencing.
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The PM also identified terrorism as the “biggest problem” facing the world and asserted that there was a need to tackle the menace in an organised manner. Although Modi didn’t name any particular country, his remarks can be seen as directed towards Pakistan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was also present during the virtual summit. This was for the second time that PM Modi and Xi were face to face at a virtual platform in the wake of border tensions between the two countries since May this year.
Before this, Xi and Modi were seen together at a virtual session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) held on November 10. The two leaders had participated in the virtual interaction at the SCO which was also attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Modi will also share a virtual platform with the Chinese Premier on November 21-22 for the G-20 summit.
During his address at the summit, PM Modi said that India’s vaccine production and delivery capabilities in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic will work in the interest of the humanity.
“We have started a comprehensive reform process under the ‘Self-reliant India’ campaign. The campaign is based on the belief that a self-reliant and resilient India post-Covid can be a force multiplier for the global economy and make a strong contribution to the global value chains,” PM said.
He also underlined that BRICS economies will play a crucial role in the global recovery after the pandemic.
Apart from this, PM Modi stressed on the need for reform of the United Nations Security Council as well as multilateral bodies like the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.
The virtual summit was also attended by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The theme for this year’s summit is ‘BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth’.