13th BRICS Summit [Updates]: Afghanistan should not become threat to neighbouring countries, says Putin

 The 13th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit under the chairmanship of India has started in a virtual format. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing the meeting via video conferencing.

Brazil President Jair Bolsanaro, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also present at the virtual meeting. The theme for the Summit is ‘[email protected]: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’

This is the second time PM Modi will be chairing the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) 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”.

Latest updates:

– PM Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a group photo at the 13th BRICS Summit.

– Talking about the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the withdrawal of US forces and its allies from the country has led to a new crisis, and it’s still unclear how this will affect global and regional security. “It is for good reason that our countries have paid special attention to this issue,” he said.

“Afghanistan should not become a threat to its neighbouring countries, a source of terrorism and drug trafficking,” he added.

–  While talking about the menace of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the nations have also adopted BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan.

– Speaking at the BRICS Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping says, “Over past 15 years, our five nations enhanced strategic communication and political trust in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and equality, respected each other’s social system, development and explored a sound way for nations to interact with each other.

“Since the start of this year, our five countries have maintained the momentum of BRICS cooperation and secured new progress in many areas. As long as we pool our minds and efforts, we can make smooth, solid progress in BRICS cooperation, come what may,” he added.

– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appeals to BRIC countries to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. “This is the only way in which we can respond to this pandemic that engulfs the world,” he said.

– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged the BRIC partners to enhance the resilience of public systems amid the COVID pandemic.

“Our collected response to COVID19 has demonstrated what can be achieved when we work together. As BRICS countries we must continue to safeguard our people’s lives, livelihoods, support global economic recovery and enhance the resilience of public systems,” he said.

– Despite the COVID situation this year, over 150 BRICS meetings and events were organised. Of these, over 20 were ministerial-level. We tried to expand the BRICS agenda. BRICS achieved many firsts this year…Our Water Resources Ministers will meet in BRICS format for the first time in November, says the PM Modi

–  PM Modi emphasises that the partner countries will have to ensure that BRICS yields more results in 15 years. “The theme that has been chosen by India for its chairmanship reflects this priority,” he said.

– The theme selected by India for the duration of its chairship is ‘BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’. These 4 Cs are basic principles of our BRICS partnership, says PM Modi.

– India has received full cooperation from all members during its chairship of BRICS. I thank all members for this, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the opening remarks at the 13th BRICS Summit.


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