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G20 Summit 2017: PM Modi praises Xi's BRICS leadership

Xi praises India's strong resolve against terrorism

Archis Mohan & PTI  |  New Delhi/Hamburg 

Xi Jinping praises India's strong resolve against terrorism
PM Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting on Friday. They had a conversation on many issues amid a stand-off between the armies of both the nations in the Sikkim section. Photo: PTI

Amid a border standoff between their armies and a day after either side had rejected the possibility of a ‘pull aside’ meeting between their two leaders, Prime Minister Narendra and Chinese President on Friday shook hands on the sidelines of an informal leaders’ meeting. Both are in to attend the

In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said and Xi discussed "a range of issues" at the leaders' informal gathering in "hosted by " Baglay didn’t elaborate on the details, or whether the military standoff between and India in the area near the tri-junction came up for discussion.

Modi-Xi meeting comes a day after the Chinese foreign ministry had said in the "atmosphere" is "not right" for a formal bilateral meeting between the two leaders in New Delhi had retorted how such a meeting has not been sought. In New Delhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Why is our Prime Minister silent on

According to China’s state-run Xinhua agency, in his remarks at the informal leaders’ meeting, the Chinese President urged the countries to push for "peaceful settlement" of regional disputes. The Xinhua report didn’t elaborate on whether Xi went into any details of these regional disputes.

In his address, "appreciated" momentum in the bloc under the Chinese chairmanship and extended full cooperation for the grouping's upcoming summit to be hosted by in the Chinese city of Xiamen later this year. "Under Xi's chairmanship, the progress and positive momentum of has further deepened our cooperation," said.

A Ministry of External Affairs press statement quoted as saying that G20 nations, which includes the five nations, should also "collectively oppose financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors."

In his speech, Xi also appreciated the momentum witnessed at the bloc during India's chairmanship before it was passed on to China, and praised India's strong resolve against terrorism, the press release said. It quoted Xi as saying he appreciates India's success in economic and social development and wishes India even bigger success.

Besides India and China, Russia, and are part of the grouping.

French President Emmanuel Macron with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg
French President Emmanuel Macron with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra during the G20 leaders summit in on Saturday. Photo: AP/PTI
In his address at the G20 Summit, said some countries were using terror as a tool to achieve political objectives and pressed for "deterrent" action collectively by the G20 members against such nations. The PM equated Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohamamd as also the to and Al-Qaeda, saying their names may be different but their ideology is the same.

The PM regretted that the international response to was weak and said more cooperation was needed to fight the menace. The Indian prime minister presented an 11-point 'Action Agenda' which included suggestions for exchange of lists of terrorists among G-20 nations, easing and expediting of legal processes like extradition and concrete steps to choke funds and weapon supply to the terrorists.

The (FATF) and other mechanisms to choke sources of of funds to terrorists should be strengthened, he said. On the pattern of FATF, a body Explosives Action Task Force (EATF) should be constituted "so that the sources of deadly arms reaching the terrorists can be ended," said.

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Paris agreement 

Prime Minister Narendra on Friday said it was ‘mandatory’ to implement the consensus of the Paris agreement on climate change.  He asserted that India will implement the accord in “letter and spirit”. said on issues of climate change and terror, the role of  nations is “important”. 

Expedite rating agency

Expeditious action should be taken to establish the credit rating agency, PM Narendra said, emphasising international financial institutions should reflect the world’s current economic balance. called for expeditious action to establish the credit rating agency. 

Bilaterals with Abe, Trudeau 

PM Narendra held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Shinzo Abe, and Canada, Justin Trudeau, along with informal interactions with a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the also held informal meetings with Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma.

First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 03:25 IST