BRICS leaders condemn Pak-based terror groups, pass declaration against terrorism
The leaders attending the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, have passed a joint declaration condemning "terrorism in all its forms." In an important diplomatic victory for India, the declaration specifically named Pakistan-based terrorist groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Taliban, al-Qaida and Haqqani network. During his address at the summit, Indian PM Narendra called for joint action on terrorism.
Indian PM Narendra Modi was welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the three-day BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit in Xiamen, China. The two shared a warm handshake, an important gesture following the resolution of the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops. Modi is expected to engage in bilateral and summit-level meetings with the leaders of BRICS countries, including Xi.
During Modi's trip, India and China may decide upon a new mechanism to address various issues related to disputed tri-junctions along the 4,507-km-long Line of Actual Control, the Times of India has reported. The next edition of the Special Representatives meeting on boundary resolution may also be finalized. Besides the Doklam tri-junction with Bhutan, India and China share two others with Nepal and Myanmar.
"I look forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit. I also look forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China," Modi said ahead of his visit.
The BRICS leaders will mainly discuss important international issues, such as the global economy and challenges. Modi will participate in plenary and concluding sessions of BRICS. He will be addressing the BRICS leaders' dialogue with BRICS Business Council, being attended by 80 Fortune 500 companies. He will also participate in the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries' Dialogue.
Modi said he looks forward to having 'productive discussions and positive outcomes' with leaders of the BRICS countries during the summit. He will hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. El-Sisi has been invited by China alongside the leaders of Mexico, Guinea, Thailand, and Tajikistan as part of the of 'BRICS Plus' outreach exercise.