BRICS: PM Modi meets Xi Jinping, says both countries can’t afford to have differences on terror
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reportedly agreed terrorism as “key issue” while both met in Goa on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS Summit.
Modi on Saturday told Chinese President that both the countries cannot afford to have differences on terrorism and must look for common ground at the UN sanctions committee.
Talking to media after the meeting, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said both the leaders have agreed on the need of increased coordination to deal with terror.
Swarup was quoted in the media reports as saying: “The Chinese side is very well aware of our concerns, and the need for us to ensure that globally notified terrorists are designated by the UN.”
“Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue. President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership. Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which is a scourge afflicting the entire region,” he added.
However, Jinping reportedly offered no assurance on supporting India’s efforts to impose a UN ban against Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar. Swarup said the National Security Advisers of both countries will discuss the matter again.
An official statement revealed both the leaders also held discussion on India’s bid to enter the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group. Commenting on the result of the discussion, Swarup said “another round of dialogue will be held soon, which will be helpful.”
Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi had held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and later thanked Putin for supporting India in condemning cross-border error.
“We deeply appreciate Russia’s understanding and support of our actions to fight cross-border terrorism that threatens our entire region. President Putin and I noted the similarity of our views on the situation in Afghanistan and turmoil in West Asia,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, India and Russia on Saturday inked a total of 16 agreements mostly in the fields of defence, energy, power, shipbuilding and space.