Antalya (Turkey): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that all humanity must stand united against terrorism as BRICS leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that will get underway here later in the day.
“We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terror,” Modi said two days after Islamic State terrorists massacred nearly 130 people in the French capital. “Entire humanity must stand together and be one against terrorism,” he added. He said the need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent. “This must also be a priority for BRICS nations,” he said. Modi said India attached the highest importance to BRICS, a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“We want to build on the great work done by other members,” he said, adding that India would be honoured to assume the BRICS chair from Russia in February 2016. “Build responsive, inclusive and collective solutions… this will be the theme when India assumes presidency of BRICS,” Modi said. The prime minister said that BRICS has proved its relevance and value through its actions, when earlier its logic was being questioned. “The New Development Bank, the Currency Reserve Arrangement, Strategy for BRICS Economic Cooperation – these are clear evidence of our vision and our resolve. Together, we can also give shape to G20,” Modi said. Stating that India was pleased that China would take over the presidency of G20 in December 2015, he stated: “We assure China of full support during its presidency.”