On 16 October, 2016,while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at the welcome meeting on day two of the Summit, he hit out at Pakistan, saying countries must work together against terrorism. Modi said BRICS must play an active role in setting a direction that supports “our common aspirations and goals”.
“The growing act of terrorism today threatens Middle East, West Asia, Europe and South Asia. Its violent footprints put at risk the security of our citizens and undercuts our efforts aimed at economic growth. In our own region, terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically its mothership is a country in India’s neighbourhood. Terror modules around the world are linked to this mothership. This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mind-set. A mind-set that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. It is a mind-set that we strongly condemn. And, against which we as BRICS need to stand and act together. BRICS must speak in one voice against this threat,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also called upon member nations to work together for early adoption of CCIT, step up practical cooperation against terrorism.
On economic development, PM Modi said BRICS must play an active role in setting a direction that supports the groups common aspirations and goals.
“Our increasing inter-dependence means that our march towards economic prosperity cannot be separated from the emerging geo-political context. BRICS, therefore, must play an active role in setting a direction that supports our common aspirations and goals. I firmly believe that the simultaneous development of Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and India is the best bet for global growth and development,” PM Modi remarked.
By – Nikita Goel