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BRICS meet starts today: PM Modi likely to raise terror issues at Xiamen

Beijing would likely view any reference to Pakistan at the meeting with a feeling of discomfort

ANI  |  Beijing 

BRICS Summit, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Xi Jinping at the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa, in 2016. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister is expected to raise India's concerns on the issue of the spread of across the world, and in particular in the Asian and South Asian region at the upcoming Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit to be held in in China's southwestern Fujian Province, hours after appeared to suggest that it would view any reference to at the meeting with a feeling of discomfort.

"Apart from economic cooperation, there are other issues of interest, i.e. threat of There are certain developments in the world which are important to be addressed, and I'm sure, leaders in the BRICS meeting are bound to look at it, including the scourge of terrorism, which has been the most important subject for India," Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran told ANI.

"These are global developments and we have been discussing it and, is something which is an issue that affects the entire international community. BRICS countries themselves have been victims of So, it is bound to be discussed," she added.

"had raised it (terrorism) at the last in Goa in October 2016 as well, and, I'm sure that the issue of will again figure at the summit between the leaders of the BRICS countries as well. We are looking at the summit very positively, so as to come out with a strong outcome, and Prime Minister is looking forward to participate in this summit," Saran said.

At the last in Goa in October 2016, Modi had referred to as the "mothership of terrorism".

"attaches a lot of importance to the BRICS as a grouping and we think it is very important for regional and global stability, especially at a time when there is state of uncertainty in the world," Saran further said.

The Ministry of External Affairs stressed that is looking to build upon the positive impetus given to the previous in Goa.

Saran said, "We also regard BRICS as an important economic platform and a very strong voice for developing countries to come together to push for issues of interest to us, including in terms of the concept of global architecture."

Earlier, has raised concerns about raising the issue of at the

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that concerns over Pakistan's record is not an "appropriate topic" to be discussed at the

"We noticed that India, when it comes to Pakistan's counter-terrorism, has some concerns. I don't think this is an appropriate topic to be discussed at BRICS Summit," Chunying said, suggesting that will be averse to any kind of criticism of its close ally during the summit deliberations in

First Published: Sun, September 03 2017. 12:15 IST
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