BRICS meeting highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh with Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh with Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday

BRICS member-states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are considering the possibility of creating a rating agency, Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said at the meeting of BRICS finance ministers and central banks' heads in Shanghai on Monday.

"Everyone agrees that terrorism is common enemy of mankind".

VK Singh, on behalf of the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, who could not be present at the meeting, called for a greater engagement among the BRICS nations that have collectively expanded their agenda consistently from only concerning the financial matters to the matters of security and counter terrorism faced rampantly by the global community.

"We also have CEO meeting and counsel of think-tanks".

China has said repeatedly that it adheres to United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea but does not support unilateral sanctions, instead calling for restraint and diplomacy.

"We did bring out that it [terrorism] threatens global peace and terrorists can not be differentiated by calling them good or bad".

"We oppose any double standard adopted by countries in counter-terrorism efforts", foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Friday. "Everybody is fully concerned about the spread of terrorism in its various forms and manifestations", Singh said. "They reaffirm solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism, call upon the worldwide community to establish a genuinely broad global counter-terrorism coalition and support the United Nations' central coordinating role in the global counter-terrorism cooperation", the statement said.

"They recall the responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories", the note said.

Incidentally, this is the first time the foreign ministers meeting has been called by a host country holding the BRICS Summit.

Earlier in the day, Singh said besides cooperating on financial issues, the BRICS agenda had witnessed steady expansion.

The meeting is a precursor to chain of meetings of BRICS officials, including the National Security Advisers (NSAs) meeting to be held later next month ahead of the summit.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pointed to climate change as a major concern.

During his meeting with Lavrov, Wang said China is willing to deepen coordination with Russian Federation to enhance strategic trust, boost economic and financial cooperation, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges and strengthen the cooperation mechanism among BRICS countries. China is also victim of terror and China is taking part in global initiatives against terror. "BRICS cooperation is an eye catching one in today's arena", he said, adding that "whether or not BRICS is fading or not playing important role, China believes that the important attitude is seeing is believing". On Azhar, China says evidence produced against the Pakistan-based terrorist is not enough. He said there are working groups formed in BRICS to deal with counter terrorism issues. We need take it inter-agency format.

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