Brics Summit as it happened: One country in India's neighbourhood embraces and radiates terrorism, says PM Modi

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Brics Summit as it happened: One country in India's neighbourhood embraces and radiates terrorism, says PM Modi
  • 20:00 (IST)

    Will collectively fight terrorism: Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit said that the Brics nations will collectively fight terrorism. 

  • 19:40 (IST)

    We must send message to those who nurture terror: Modi

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Terrorism pose grave threats to Brics nations: Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that terrorism, radicalisation pose grave threats to the Brics nations and the member-countries are united by their common vision, peace, stability and development. 

    He further said that in South Asia and Bimstec, barring one, all nations are motivated to pursue the path of peace, development and economic prosperity. He added that geographical borders are not a barrier for those who wish to harm societies. 

    Hitting out at Pakistan, Modi said that terrorism has become its favourite child, and the child in turn has come to define the essential nature of its parents. He also said that India's neighbour embraces and radiates the darkness of terrorism. 

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Brics nations condemn terror attacks on India 


    Brics nations on Sunday unanimously condemned terrorism in all its forms, including the terror attacks on India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a comprehensive response to this global scourge.

    "We strongly condemn the recent several attacks, against some Brics countries, including that in India," the Goa Declaration adopted at the conclusion of the Eighth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit stated.

    "We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons," it said. 

    "We agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism both at the bilateral level and at international fora." 


  • 18:00 (IST)

    Renewing the Bimstec bond

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    Despite slowdown, Brics' potential, strength unchanged: Xi Jinping 

    Even though the 2008 credit crisis and the "treacherous recovery" of global economy has impacted growth among the Brics countries, Chinese President
    Xi Jinping on Sunday said the potential and the inherent strength of the five-nation grouping of emerging economies continues to be unchanged. 

    Addressing the Business Council Summit, the Chinese President said the global economy is yet to fully recover from the 2008 credit crisis and is still struggling with a "treacherous recovery". 

    He said innovation holds "the key to leapfrog" development in Brics countries and urged businesses to follow this path for a steady and sustainable economic development. 


  • 17:36 (IST)

    Modi holds talk with Sri Lankan President and Bhutan PM

    Vikas Swarup, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena held bilateral talks and reviewed the development partnership of both nations. He added that both the State heads spoke about Uri attack as well. 

    Swarup also said that Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that his country stands with India in its fight against cross-border terrorism. 

  • 16:37 (IST)

    MEA India spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweets the full text of the Goa Action Plan

  • 16:27 (IST)

    PM Modi shares pictures of the proceedings during the day two of Brics summit

  • 16:26 (IST)

    'It is the responsibility of all states to prevent terrorist actions from their territories': Goa Declaration

  • 15:59 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi delivers the closing statement, announces that Brics nations have adopted Goa declaration

    We have just concluded the eighth Brics Summit. It's an honour to welcome the Brics leaders to the beautiful state of Goa. Our discussions that spread over three sessions today were detailed substantive and productive.  We are happy to share that we have adopted the Goa Declaration that lays down a comprehensive vision for our cooperation. 

    Business communities are strongest proponents for closer and faster commercial cooperation.Their partnerships create wealth and value in our societies. We are unanimous in recognising threat that terror, extremism and radicalisation present to regional and global peace, stability and economic prosperity.

    As Brics leaders, we agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to us as terrorists themselves. We recognised the positive contribution of Brics countries to global economic growth after the 2008 financial crisis. The vitality of people-to-people contacts among the Brics countries has been a point of emphasis for us

    We welcome early entry into force of Paris Climate Agreement. India was proud to ratify the agreement on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    We commended NDB on completion of its first year. In order to further bridge the gap in the global financial architecture,we agreed to fast track the setting up of a Brics Rating Agency. We agreed that it should continue to focus on infrastructure, technology and renewable energy sectors.

    A highlight of the Goa Summit will be the outreach to the BIMSTEC countries. It will be a unique opportunity for conversation on prospects for closer partnership and coordination. 

    I would like to thank my fellow leaders for their unqualified support in ensuring a successful 8th Brics Summit.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Signing of agreements by Brics nations underway

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra announces the adoption of Goa declaration in Brics

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Our industrial cooperation can become more effective: Russian President Vladimir Putin at Plenary session

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Brazilian President Michel Temer speaking at the Plenary session

    "We would like to congratulate PM Narendra Modi for the effort to take Brics out of meeting rooms, to public spaces," Temer said.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Full text of PM Modi's intervention at Brics Business Council Meeting

    Your Excellency President Xi Jinping,
    Your Excellency President Jacob Zuma,
    Your Excellency President Michel Teme,
    Your Excellency President Vladimir Putin, 
    Distinguished Members of the BRICS Business Council.

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this 
    meeting with the Brics Business Council. 

    The Council reflects the full economic diversity and depth of business engagement between our countries.

    I thank their contribution to the Brics agenda of building inclusive economies through responsive and collective solutions.

    Excellencies and Friends,

    Promoting economic and commercial engagement has been a foundational impulse in the creation of Brics. It is, therefore, encouraging to see the Brics Business Council take healthy shape three years after we set it up in Durban.

    Our business communities are the strongest proponents for closer and faster commercial cooperation among Brics. 

    Their partnerships create wealth and value in our societies. And, enhance productivity and create jobs in our economies through technological innovations and capacity addition.

    I applaud that vision. I share that vision. 


    In India, we have undertaken substantial reforms in the last two years to streamline and simplify governance, especially doing business in India. 

    The results are clearly visible.

    We have moved up in almost all global indices that measure such performances.

    We have transformed India into one of the most open economies in the world today. 

    Growth is strong and we are taking steps to keep the momentum going. 

    I am happy to note that the Brics Business Council also has matching priorities of ease of doing business, dismantling trade barriers, promoting skills development, establishing manufacturing supply chains and infrastructure development. 

    The Council’s work holds much promise for expansion of trade and business among BRICS countries.


    The New Development Bank is fully operational now. Its success is a concrete result of our common efforts. 

    We congratulate the NDB and its management for commencing the first batch of projects. 

    NDB has kept clean energy and green and sustainable infrastructure as its priority. 

    We welcome it. 

    We would encourage the Brics Business Council to work closely with the NDB on identifying and implementing prospective economic projects. 

    India hosted the First Brics Trade Fair in New Delhi two days ago with active participation from all your countries.

    Such activities must be promoted to generate greater business awareness and commercial exchanges. 


    Let me conclude by saying that as governments, we count on the Brics Business Council to work with us to achieve our common aim of:


    • Strengthening mutual trade;
    • Enhancing business opportunities;
    • Building investments linkages;
    • Promoting innovation; and
    • and removing bottlenecks to intra-Brics commerce.

    In a little while, we will hear from the Brics Business Council and the leadership of NDB. 

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  • 14:58 (IST)

    South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the Plenary session

    "The world is faced with new inter-connected challenges which require our concerted efforts to resolve," Zuma said.

    In Africa, our communities face the dire consequences of climate change. It is important that developing countries become partners. 

    2016 Brics youth summit noted that employment, education is important for the young people to empower them. 

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Global governance is a must: Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the Plenary session

    We Brics countries share a common future. We take concerted actions and we will act in concert to take on terrorism. While speaking in one voice, we should also address the issues on the ground. Global governance is a must for the development of countries. 

    We shall continue to safeguard international peace. We need to deepen our partnership. We Brics countries are good friends, good partners which bodes well for the economic cooperation. We must ensure the success of the New Development Bank. 

    We also need to encourage more people-to-people exchanges. We should broaden the circle of Brics and keep it open for the common motive of development. China puts Brics cooperation high on agenda. 

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Brics Plenary session

    Outlining his thoughts for positive direction and strong momentum of intra-BRICS engagement, PM Modi said, "In a world of new security challenges and continuing economic uncertainties, Brics stands as a beacon of peace, potential and promise."

    Speaking on the five goals, Modi said: "The process of institution building in BRICS must continue to remain a focus area, enabling flexibility and freedom. We also look forward to a BRICS Credit Rating Agency, and speeding up Agriculture Research Centre, Railway Research Network, and Sports Council. 

    "Second, transform the quantum and quality of trade and investment linkages among Brics. We should set ourselves a target to double intra-Brics to $500 billion by 2020. 

    "Third, focus on key priorities of our economic transformations. Fourth, secure our societies. Terrorism casts a long shadow on our development and economic prosperity. In the world we inhabit today, security and counter-terrorism cooperation are essential," Modi said.

    "Fifth, thriving people-to-people exchanges is the lifeblood of Brics," Modi added.

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Onkar Singh Kanwar, Chair of the BRICS Business Council’s Indian Section presented the report of BRICS Business Council

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Onkar Singh Kanwar, Chair of the BRICS Business Council’s Indian Section presented the report of BRICS Business Council

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the BRICS Business Council

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Brazilian President Jacob Zuma addresses Brics Business Council

    It's gratifying to see the progress made by the Brics Business Council since it's launch in 2014. The initiatives undertaken clearly demonstrate the commitment of the members of the council. 

    The council was created as the platform to strengthen the ties between the Brics communities and governments. 

    A lot of progress has been made in recent times, including the operations of the New Development Bank. 

    The activities undertaken by Brics Business Council have brought us at a point where the council can be a true catalyst in expanding value-added trade within Brics. Key projects and areas identified for cooperation with Brics partners include insurance, infrastructure, Brics cable project, the north-south development corridor, aviation and manufacturing. 

    Furthermore, the new development bank which is being established in South Africa will pay particular attention for funding of the projects.

    We request to continue promoting the economic agenda of the Brics.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Brazilian President Michel Temer speaks at the Brics Business Council, says committed to improve business ties

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Promoting economic and commercial engagement has been a foundational impulse in creation of Brics: PM Modi

    "We have taken a number of steps for ease of doing business in the country and the results are visible. We count on the Brics Business Council for enhancing business opportunities and building investment linkages," PM Modi said. 

    "NDB's success is a concrete result of our common efforts. It has kept clean energy & sustainable infra as its priority. We welcome it. In India, we have undertaken substantial reforms in last two years to streamline &simplify governance,especially doing business in India."

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand art at Brics

  • 12:24 (IST)

    We are united in our belief that terrorism and its supporters have to be punished: PM Modi

    PM Modi's concluding remarks laid emphasis on tackling terrorism. "We are united in our belief that terrorism and its supporters have to be punished, not rewarded," Modi said. He also focused on non-conventional security challenges, from threats to cyberspace and piracy on high seas to human trafficking.

  • 11:46 (IST)

    We are committed to a harmonious balance between development and climate change: PM Modi on Paris deal

    Mentioning the ratification of Paris Climate Change Agreement, PM Modi said that India is committed to a harmonious balance between the development and climate change. 

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Terrorism is the most serious direct threat to our eco-prosperity: PM Modi

    Calling on Brics nations to work together for early adoption of CCIT and stepping up practical cooperation against terrorism, PM Modi said "Brics must speak in one voice against the threat of terrorism. The growing arc of terrorism today threatens Middle East, West Asia, Europe and South Asia. Its violent footprints put at risk the security of our citizens." 

    Referring to Pakistan, PM Modi said, "Terrorism is direct threat to our eco-prosperity; its mothership is a country in India's neighborhood. This country shelters not just terrorists. It nurtures a mindset. A mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. It is a mindset that we strongly condemn."

  • 11:29 (IST)

    Brics must play an active role in setting a direction that supports our common aspirations and goals: PM Modi

    The Restricted meeting says Brics nations have been a voice for peace, reform, reason and purposeful action.PM Modi speaks of the critical challenges that our world is confronted with and begins with the need for a clear roadmap to revive the global economy.

    "If new drivers of growth have to take root, there must be the unhindered flow of skilled talent, ideas, technology & capital across bordersWe have built new global institutions to complement the existing architecture. The NDB and Contingency Reserve Arrangement stand out. Brics must play an active role in setting a direction that supports our common aspirations and goals," PM Modi said.

  • 11:21 (IST)

    The Brics summit officially begins in Goa, terrorism on agenda.

    The Brics leaders sit down for the first formal engagement - the Leaders' Restricted Meeting.

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for BIMSTEC in Goa

  • 11:00 (IST)

    Leaders of the Brics nations pose for a group photograph

  • 10:58 (IST)

    PM Modi welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma at the start of the summit

  • 10:57 (IST)

    PM Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

  • 10:50 (IST)

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina arrives in Goa

  • 10:49 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • 10:48 (IST)

    The Prime Minister welcomes Brazilian President Michel Temer

  • 10:46 (IST)

    PM Modi meets Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay ahead of Brics event on Sunday. 

    "Glad to have discussed the full spectrum of India-Bhutan ties during our talks," PM Modi said.

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Sri Lanka is one of our most valued friends: PM Modi

  • 09:44 (IST)

    Day two of the Brics summit begins with early morning bilaterals between India and Sri Lanka

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ahead of the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit in Goa. 

    "Sri Lanka is one our most valued friends and we are working to deepen our ties even more," PM Modi tweeted.

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Day one at Brics concludes on a bonhomie

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    Some moments from today's summit

  • 20:01 (IST)

    India has always raised the issue of Masood Azhar's designation as a terrorist: MEA

  • 19:59 (IST)

    One round of dialogue has taken place between India and Pakistan on India's NSG membership. Our aim is to narrow down the differences. The second round of talks will take place soon: MEA

  • 19:57 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa on Friday to attend the two-day long Brics summit. The leaders are expected to debate "global growth prospects, the role of Brics in leading this global growth and our contributions to it,” according to Indian foreign ministry official Amar Sinha.

Regional security and climate change are also on the agenda, reported, reported Global TImes.

Modi, in a Facebook post, said that he is honoured to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Michel Temer for a bilateral visit in Goa.

While Putin’s visit will give India an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia, Temer’s trip will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil.

India would also be looking for Brics leaders to condemn recent cross-border attacks from Pakistan, NDTV reported.

Putin’s office said in a statement that "international terrorism and the Syria peace process" would be discussed.

India is expected to continue with its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism originating from there. With the summit taking place within weeks of Uri terror strike by Pakistan-based terrorists, India will be forceful in its demand at Brics Summit, which will also have a BIMSTEC outreach meet, for intensified efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens to terrorists and arming them.

Modi is expected to hold talks with Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit. He will meet Putin on Saturday for the annual summit and the talks with Jinping are also expected to be held later that day. His summit with Temer is scheduled for Monday, according to a PTI report.

The BricsPost quoted Modi as saying on Friday, “Brics will also launch new initiatives in Goa even as we mark the successful operationalization of initiatives like the Brics New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement.”

The Goa police issued an advisory to the general public about the dos and don'ts during the high profile event on Saturday. "All citizens are requested to co-operate with law enforcing agencies and report any suspicious activities or suspicious baggage/article to authorities immediately," Goa Police said in a press release issued on Friday.

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Updated Date: Oct 16, 2016 20:46:29 IST