Srisena in Goa Attending BRICS Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a "mother-ship of terrorism" at a summit of the BRICS nations on Sunday (Oct 16), testing the cohesion of a group whose heavyweight member China is a close ally of India's arch-rival.

"In the morning, we exchanged views on important global issues, including terrorism, global economic scenario, and the need to reform the global governance architecture".

Modi said the BRICS leaders were unanimous in recognizing the threat that terrorism, extremism and radicalization presents, not just to the regional and global peace, stability and economic prosperity but, also to our society, our way of life and humanity as a whole.

The Indian position was conveyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting here that came against the backdrop of China putting on hold India's move to get Azhar, the brain behind the Pathankot attack, banned by the UN.

At the 8th BRICS Summit, which concluded here today, the grouping, which brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, also agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor such forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to them as the terrorists themselves.

The Prime Minister said India and China must increase cooperation in the fight against terrorism and look for a common ground and a long-term road to tackle the menace. "It is encouraging to see the BRICS Business Council take healthy shape three years after we set it up in Durban", he added.

Meeting in the beach resort state of Goa in southwestern India, the five countries known collectively as BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - adopted a final declaration Sunday endorsing their commitment to act against the financing of terror groups and their supplies of weapons and other equipment.

The BRICS leaders had donned brightly coloured sleeveless jackets, of a style made popular by India's first post-independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru, for an informal dinner on Saturday evening.

"The long term. of BRICS development is still positive".

While slamming Pakistan, Modi said, terrorism has become its favorite child.

Countries belonging to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) are India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. "As home to almost two third of humanity, BRICS and BIMSTEC together can potentially unlock vast synergies with huge benefits for all our people", he added.

He urged the members of BRICS to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) as early as possible.

Xi said the dialogue would be helpful.

It was announced that Yang Jiechi will meet his Indian counterpart NSA Ajit Doval soon.

The summit achievements were incremental, and included establishing an agricultural research institute and speeding up work on creating a joint credit ratings agency.

He intra-BRICS trade, which stood at $ 250 billion in 2015 must be doubled to $ 500 billion by 2020.

Hasina also said that a sizeable part of the population in the bloc were grappling with challenges posed by poverty, sanitation, climate change and appealed to BRICS nations to partner with them for collective benefit.

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