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.

Here are the LIVE updates from the BRICS Summit 2016. If you are using our App, click here for the updates.

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Unfortunately, this country in India’s neighbourhood embraces and radiates the darkness of terrorism: PM Modi

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In South Asia and BIMSTEC, all nation states barring one are motivated to pursue a path of peace, development and economic prosperity: PM

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Geographical barriers and borders pose no limitations on those who wish to harm our societies: PM Modi

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Terrorism, radicalisation pose grave threats to each of us: PM Modi

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But we are joined by common vision and peace, stability and development. We are also united by similar challenges and concerns: PM Modi

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BRICS and BIMSTEC have been shaped by different context. Together we represent two thirds of humanity: PM Modi

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A highlight of BRICS 2016 will be BIMSTEC outreach. It will be a unique opportunity for conversations on prospects for closer partnership and coordination. I would like to thank my fellow leaders for their unqualified support in ensuring a successful 8th BRICS Summit: PM Modi

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Commended NDB on completion of 1st year. We agreed that it should continue to focus on infrastructure, technology and renewable energy sectors: PM Modi

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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: PM Modi

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We welcome the early entry into force of the Paris Climate agreement, India was proud to ratify it on 2nd October this year: PM Modi

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We underscored the need for close coordination on tracking sources of terrorist financing and target the hardware of terrorism, including weapons’ supplies, ammunition, equipment and training: PM Modi

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We acknowledged the need to strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection: PM Modi

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We were unanimous in recognising the threat that terrorism, extremism and radicalisation presents: PM Modi

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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: PM Modi

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Business communities are strongest proponents for closer and faster commercial cooperation. Their partnerships create wealth and value in our societies: PM Modi

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MoUs on Agricultural research, co-operation between diplomatic academies and regulations on custom cooperation signed.

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BRICS nations sign three main agreements at the Goa Summit. “Our discussion was productive, we exchanged views on terrorism and global economic scenario,” PM Modi said.

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I think through common vision and collective action we will create and sustain deeper bonds among BRICS nations. I congratulate China and offer our full support as they take over the Presidency next year: PM Modi

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We (BRICS nations) have similar challenges, we can work together to overcome them. We all can expand our partnership in different areas. Would like to congratulate PM Narendra Modi for the effort to take BRICS out of meeting rooms, to public spaces: Brazilian President Michel Temer

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We believe that our industrial cooperation can become more effectively: Russian President Vladimir Putin at Plenary session

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The world is faced with new inter connected challenges which require our concerted efforts to resolve: South African President Jacob Zuma

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I visited India in 2014, hardworking people and colorful traditions of this great country left me a deep impression: Chinese President Xi Jinping

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Terrorists funding, their weapon supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off: PM Modi

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Our response to terror must be nothing less than comprehensive, need to act both individually and collectively. Terrorism casts a long shadow on our development and economic prosperity, it has grown more lethal: PM Modi

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Security and counter terrorism cooperation is necessary if we have to safeguard the lives of our citizens: PM Modi

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We look forward to translating into reality the idea of BRICS credit rating agency: PM Modi

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BRICS Trade Fair just concluded, it should become a regular platform for business exchanges: PM Modi

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We are celebrating 10 years of our partnership under BRICS, it has produced strong benefits of cooperation. We must speed up the work on setting up BRICS agricultural research centre, railway research network and BRICS Sports council. There is a clear need to build norms, create structure to stop tax invasion, black money and stop corruption. In a world of uncertainties, BRICS stands as a beacon of peace, potential and promise: PM Modi

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We would encourage the BRICS council to work closely with the NDB to identify prospective economic projects: PM Modi

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Promoting economic and commercial engagement has been a foundational impulse in creation of BRICS: PM Modi

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We have transformed India into one of the most open economies in the world today: PM Modi

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We have taken a number of steps for ease of doing business in country and the results are visible: PM Modi at BRICS Business Council in Goa

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At the restricted meeting, PM Modi said: The most serious direct threat to our economic prosperity is terrorism; Tragically, its mother-ship is a country in India’s neighborhood.

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Leaders from BRICS nations are now attending the welcome meet.

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for BIMSTEC in Goa.

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Scuffle before the meet

Indian and Chinese security officials had a minor scuffle, just before the bilateral meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The incident took place, just as the two leaders entered the meeting room, when a SPG official stopped one of the Chinese security official from entering the room. The Chinese security official reportedly punched the Indian security official, and that made things hostile. One of PMO officials came out and the MEA’s protocol officials also intervened, during which there were some heated moments and a senior official was also pushed.

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At the BRICS Summit 2016, visiting business leaders from member nations on Saturday pitched for creation of ‘angel investor network’ within the grouping to encourage innovative startups.

“We have recommended creation of a BRICS angels network which can help talented young entrepreneurs across the BRICS countries to create an ecosystem of startups,” Onkar S Kanwar, chairman of the BRICS business council, told reporters on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS Summit. He said this initiative of promoting entrepreneurship will boost innovation in the 5-nation group, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The network is one of the key recommendations of the council for strengthening economic and financial cooperation among member countries.

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At the BRICS Summit on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as China’s Xi Jinping. “My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties,” PM Modi said. The two leaders will meet again during the Summit. In his meeting with Russia’s Putin, Modi expressed India’s gratitude to Russia for its unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Uri Army base. Through the talks, terror remains the key issue.

On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a dinner for visiting dignitaries and their officials. Among those in attendance were presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, Michel Temer of Brazil and Jacob Zuma of South Africa, as well as ministers and officials from the five BRICS countries.