BRICS summit highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

  • BRICS summit highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

BRICS summit highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

India on Monday urged members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) grouping to condemn all forms of terror and not divide terrorists into good or bad ones. "China is ready for discussion on BRICS Plus cooperation pattern and forms", he said as Beijing took over this year's rotating Presidency of the group from India.

"At present the worldwide situation has complexities and also factors of instability and it's right for the BRICS to speak its voice, which is very good", Xi said.

Both countries, at least publicly, seemed to play down differences on what India calls cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.

"Everyone agrees that terrorism is a common enemy of mankind".

Singh's comments came days after China said it was opposed to "double standards" in fighting terror ahead of the BRICS ministers' meeting.

India has been urging the United Nations to put sanctions against and designate as an global terrorist Pakistan-based terrorist leader Masood Azhar, accused of masterminding several terror attacks in India, including the January 2016 strike on a military base in Punjab that killed at least seven security personnel.

Wang also met Indian vice Foreign Minister Vijay Kumar Singh.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pointed to climate change as a major concern. The ministers meeting, the first such conference of the bloc, was called by China to discuss future course of action.

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.

"I hope we can strengthen the cooperation among the five nations through the BRICS Games, at the same time make the athletes enhance understandings and deepen friendship", Kosilov said. "We have also set up a joint working group on terrorism and joint working group on cyber space affairs and have parliamentary interactions", Wang said, adding that the group can also uphold the legitimate rights of developing countries.

During his meeting with Lavrov, Wang said China is willing to deepen coordination with Russian Federation to enhance strategic trust, boost economic and financial cooperation, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges and strengthen the cooperation mechanism among BRICS countries. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and other multilateral frameworks should promote peace and stability in the Asian region as well as the world at large, Singh said.