India Raises Terrorism Issue At BRICS Foreign Ministers Meet


China has said the issue of terrorism would be discussed candidly at the meet of the five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as New Delhi seemed poised to raise the issue of branding Pakistani militant Masood Azhar as an worldwide terrorist.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is likely travel to Beijing next month. "In the (New) Delhi meeting past year, they had reached a significant understanding on enhancing cooperation in security and counter-terrorism", Singh said.

"In a meeting in Delhi previous year they (the NSAs) had reached significant understanding on security and counter terrorism matters", said Singh, who represented external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the meeting who couldn't attend herself due to health issues. China stands ready to step up coordination with South Africa to strengthen the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as well as the BRICS mechanism, continuously expand the strategic cooperation between the two countries, and safeguard the common interests of the two nations and all other developing countries.

Lu said five foreign ministers will "conduct a candid exchange of views" on terrorism.

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China has also blocked India's bid to enter the NSG.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said countries must make an all-out effort to reverse the effects of climate change, while Vijay Kumar Singh, an Indian External Affairs official, said joint counterterrorism efforts were crucial.

"I reiterate India attaches its utmost importance to its engagement with BRICS. India looks forward to strengthening and deepening its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue with China", he said, adding he looks forward for many interactions with Wang. "During our chairmanship in 2016, India tried to consolidate BRICS as a brand by involving our cities and masses in the BRICS process".

While noting each BRICS member country has its own distinct strengths in regards to sports, Xi said he believes that the BRICS Games will provide a unique opportunity to improve performance, popularize traditional sports, promote sports development and enhance friendship among peoples.