PM Modi, while addressing the issue of terrorism, said: “We need to tackle terror effectively. Terrorism is the biggest challenge.”
Addressing a virtual summit of the influential grouping BRICS, Prime Minister Modi said nations supporting terrorism should be called and that such countries should be punished. The summit is likely to focus on issues like cooperation in counter-terrorism, trade, health, energy and ways to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to attend the 12th summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping.
The summit comes at a time when India and China are locked into a border standoff for several months. However, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on November 10, both Modi and Xi had come face-to-face virtually.
PM Modi, while addressing the issue of terrorism, said: “We need to tackle terror effectively. Terrorism is the biggest challenge. The nations supporting it should also be called out.”
The prime minister, during his address, also batted for reforms within international organisations such as the UN and the IMF.
“India has been committed to UN. We have lost the highest number of personnel within the UN peacekeeping force. But today many questions are being raised around UN. India believes that reforms in UN security council is very important and we seek support from BRICS in this regard. There should be reforms in other UN associated bodies,” PM Modi said.
Talking about recovery post-Covid, PM Modi said: “Recovery post-COVID will see a huge role being played by BRICS nations. There is a lot of scope in increasing trade between BIRCS nations. We have started a big reform process in India under our Atmanirbhar Bharat mission. This could be a significant force multiplier post-COVID. We saw this during the pandemic when we helped hundreds of nations with medical supplies and now we are looking at large scale vaccine production.”