Lashing out at Pakistan at the BRICS Summit in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “most serious” direct threat to regional security was terrorism, whose “mothership” was a country in India’s neighbourhood.
He was holding a closed door meet with the leaders of BRICS nations in Goa.
Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jacob Zuma and South African leader Michel Temer, Modi said terror modules around the world are linked to this “mothership”.
“This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. It is a mindset that we strongly condemn… BRICS must speak in one voice against this threat,” PM Modi said.
He urged member nations to unite in their fight against terrorism that was posing a threat to economic prosperity across the world.
“The growing arc of terrorism today threatens Middle East, West Asia, Europe and South Asia. Its violent footprints put at risk the security of our citizens and undercuts our efforts aimed at economic growth,” the prime minister said.
India also pushed for unity among the five-nation BRICS or Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping — set up in 2011 to make emerging economies a global force — to remove the logjam at the United Nations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism for effectively dealing with terror.
The theme of this year’s summit is ‘BRICS : Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions.’ The focus is on giving a fillip to people-to-people contact.
BRICS nations collectively account for 43 per cent of the world population, with around 25 per cent of the world’s total land area and close to 30 per cent of the GDP with around 17 per cent share in the world trade. These five major emerging economies are looking for their right place, in the global economic and political stage, which befits their potential and capabilities.
Over the years BRICS has evolved in a phased and progressive manner, thereby very meticulously strengthening its two main pillars: (1) coordination in multilateral forums, with a focus on economic and political governance and (2) cooperation between members.