BRICS meeting highlights climate change, trade, terrorism


All five countries are members of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations, although their economic prospects have declined somewhat amid crises in Brazil and South Africa and the impact of sanctions lodged against Russian Federation by the West.

"On behalf of India, I pointed out that terrorism remains the most potent global menace and threatens global peace", Singh said at a press conference afterwards.

"And terrorists can not be differentiated by calling them good or bad", he added in a brief interaction with the media.

Singh avoided making any reference to differences between the two countries, including CPEC, Beijing blocking India's entry into the strategic NSG besides a United Nations ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar.

New Delhi joined other members of the BRICS (a bloc comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) asked the "developed countries" to fulfil the commitments they had made while signing the Paris climate change agreement. "In the (New) Delhi meeting past year, they had reached significant understating to enhance cooperation in security and counter-terrorism matters", Singh said.

"They recall the responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories", the note said.

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He called the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit at Astana as "fruitful and constructive".

Earlier in the day, Singh said besides cooperating on financial issues, the BRICS agenda had witnessed steady expansion.

In their focus on regional and global security, the BRICS foreign ministers backed "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" national reconciliation programme in Afghanistan, as well as a "Syrian-led, Syrian-owned" political process which safeguarded the state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

Wang also met Indian vice Foreign Minister Vijay Kumar Singh.

China said it was also "a victim of terrorism" and was taking part in the global initiatives against terror. China is making its contribution and playing its constrictive role. "On this point with all colleagues present today including Indian colleagues, China shares the same position", he said.

"There are willingness among BRICS members, the newly-launched BRICS Games in Guangzhou could be a model", said Kosilov during an exclusive interview with Xinhua, "If all the five members are willing to do so, we can make it a regular sports event in the future".