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.
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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