BRICS leaders call
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NEW DELHI: Leaders of the five-nation BRICS club (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for settling the situation in Afghanistan through peaceful means.

The declaration at the virtual summit held through video conference said the leaders also sought an “inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue so as to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order”. While the theme for the summit is “cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’’, the focus remained on Afghanistan, NDTV said. The “New Delhi Declaration” adopted at the end of the summit also emphasised the need to “address the humanitarian situation and to uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities”.

NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the 13th BRICS Summit, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

The five-nation grouping also underscored their “priority of fighting terrorism, including preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as terrorist sanctuary and to carry out attacks against other countries”.

The declaration said they were “committed to combating terrorism… including cross-border movement of terrorists, and terrorism financing networks and safe havens”.

Strong comments on the subject during the summit came from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spoke of the possible threats an unstable Afghanistan might pose to neighbouring countries.

Afghanistan should not become a “threat to its neighbouring countries, a source of drug trafficking and terrorism”. Its citizens, he said, “deserve to exercise their rights of defining of what their state will look like on their own”. He also made it clear whom his country held responsible for this situation.

BRICS is influential voice for emerging economies; says Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the BRICS has witnessed several achievements in the past one-and-a-half decades and is an influential voice for emerging economies of the world.

In his opening remarks at the 13th BRICS Summit, the Prime Minister also said the BRICS platform has been useful for focussing attention on the priorities of the developing countries.

“It is a matter of great pleasure for me and India to chair this summit for the 15th anniversary of the summit. India has received full cooperation from all BRICS partners during its chairmanship. I am deeply grateful to all of you for this. The BRICS platform has witnessed several achievements in one and half decades,” he said.

Leaders of the BRICS nations, clockwise from top left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a video conference, in New Delhi on Thursday.

“Today we are an influential voice for emerging economies of the world. This platform has also been useful for focussing attention on the priories of the developing nations as well,” he added.

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit is being chaired by Prime Minister in a virtual format. The theme for the Summit is ‘BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’.

Referring to the theme, the Prime Minister said the member countries need to ensure that BRICS yields more results in the next 15 years.  

“We will have to ensure that BRICS yields more results in 15 years. The theme that has been chosen by India for its chairship, reflects this priority,” he said.

Brazil President Jair Bolsanaro, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping also attended the meeting.

This is the second time PM Modi has chaired the BRICS Summit. Earlier, he had chaired the Goa Summit in 2016. The Indian Chairship of BRICS this year coincides with the 15th anniversary of BRICS, as reflected in the theme for the summit. (ANI)