BRICS Summit 2016: ‘Those who shelter, support, sponsor terror, as much a threat as terrorists’

BRICS Summit 2016 Goa Declaration: "We acknowledged the need to strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2016 6:19 pm
brics summit, BRICS, brics 2016, goa brics summit, china, south africa, xi jinping, narendra modi, vladimir putin, pakistan, brics summit, brics summit live, india news BRICS Summit 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BRICS leader Brazil President Michel Temer, South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a group photo at the BRICS informal dinner in Benaulim, Goa on Saturday. PTI Photo

The BRICS Summit 2016 adopted the Goa Declaration which unanimously hit out at the growing threat of terrorism, among other issues. “We have adopted the Goa Declaration that lays down a comprehensive vision for our cooperation. Combating terrorism, including cross border terrorism, and its supporters will be a BRICS priority,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. India was the host nation of the 8th Summit and the 9th will be organised by China.

“We agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to us as terrorists themselves. We were unanimous in recognising the threat that terrorism, extremism and radicalisation presents,” he added.

At the plenary summit, leaders of the member states adopted the declaration, which, among other issues, spoke of the need to strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection. “We welcome the early entry into force of the Paris Climate agreement, India was proud to ratify it on 2nd October this year,” Modi said.

On the New Development Bank, which completed a year, Modi said BRICS nations agreed that it should continue to focus on infrastructure, technology and renewable energy sectors, adding that “in order to further bridge the gap in the global financial architecture, we agreed to fast track the setting up of a BRICS Rating Agency”.

At the BRICS business council meeting that took place Sunday noon, Prime Minister Modi said “India has transformed into one of the most open economies of the world”. Later in the day, the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit will be held where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with invited representatives of the BIMSTEC states. This morning, PM Modi met with Sri Lankan President Sirisena and Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay. Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi also arrived in Goa and will meet with Prime Minister Modi later in the day.

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The other nations invited to the BRICS Summit are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand. Meetings between representatives of these nations will also take place today. The Summit helps member nations of BIMSTEC – Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation – in its outreach with BRICS nations. BIMSTEC was launched in 1997.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping. The first day of the BRICS Summit concluded with an informal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and Russia signed a total of 17 agreements/MoUs during the meeting on Saturday.

The Summit is being held in Benaulim, Goa. The tourist state has been converted into a fortress with the entire state being put on high alert given the presence of world leaders.

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    Aaditya Ram
    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    We should not believe Chinese. They are investing billions of dollars in stan on China -stan Economic Corridor than why they would leave stan.
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      Aaditya Ram
      Oct 16, 2016 at 12:18 pm
      PM Modi should act like a statesman instead of hostile atude on all the forums. When we talk about intervention in baluchistan and annexation of bangladesh with our help, peaceful image of India is harmed and our love to peace is negated.
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        indian
        Oct 16, 2016 at 11:42 am
        I used to be skeptical of Modi's foreign policy prowess given his experience being limited to CM earlier. No longer. His efforts in diplomacy paid off during the Saarc boycott of stan. Now the big challenge is in handling China. All the best Modi!
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        Chandrakant Dhamelia
        Oct 16, 2016 at 7:09 am
        Right step towards prosperous India ...lt;br/gt;Modi and Team ..... Congratz
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          Khalid
          Oct 16, 2016 at 10:57 am
          Who are you trying to fool??lt;br/gt;Who are terrorists?lt;br/gt;Those(India) who violates Uno resolutions on Kashmir or those working for implementation of resolutions.lt;br/gt;Modi is a great threat for minorities and could not travel abroad 3 days before becoming PMlt;br/gt;Stop telling cheap jokes
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            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
            Oct 16, 2016 at 6:19 am
            NDA is the current and future DNA of Hindustan,----Donald TRUMP is the next and future TRUPM CARD of America,---together they will isolate, eliminate and ERIDICATE all those who stand against the worlds 2 largest democracies.,---JAI HIND.
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Oct 16, 2016 at 10:43 am
              NDA is the current and future DNA of Hindustan,----Donald TRUMP is the next and future TRUPM CARD of America,---together they will isolate, eliminate and ERIDICATE all those who stand against the interests of the worlds 2 largest democracies.surely MUZZIES are the first on the top of the agenda,---JAI HIND..
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Oct 16, 2016 at 11:43 am
                Sir MODIJI mentioned,----stan the mothership of terror,----and those supporting terror ,----certainly a master stroke,---hitting 2 birds with 1 stone,--surely China must have got the message loud and clear.
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