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China recounts Pakistan's sacrifices against terrorism ahead of BRICS summit

03 September 2017

In his Facebook post, the Prime Minister said:"India had the privilege of hosting the previous Summit in Goa in October a year ago".

Brics leaders would also engage in a dialogue with emerging markets and developing countries; the invited countries being Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan. and Thailand.

Modi said he will also meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the summit.

The three-day summit in Xiamen, a southeastern Chinese city in Fujian province, will begin even as authorities declared a high alert with Typhoon Mawar expected to hit the coastal region.

India is in a stronger position to raise the issue because US President Donald Trump recently accused Pakistan of sheltering terrorists and threatened to withdraw financial aid if Islamabad refused to mend its ways.

He said Chinese President Xi Jinping would deliver a key note speech to be focused on progress made by member countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - in the last decade.

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Highlighting the significance of BRICS, the Prime Minister said it has important contributions in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security.

"India attaches a lot of importance to the BRICS as a grouping and we think it is very important for regional and global stability, especially at a time when there is state of uncertainty in the world", Saran further said.

Modi's visit was announced a day after India and China agreed to disengage their troops from the Doklam plateau in Bhutan. New areas to work together will also be explored. He is visiting Myanmar at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw.

The 9th Brics summit would be held under the theme "Brics: Stronger partnership for a brighter future", the presidency said in a statement.

"We will also look at strengthening our existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture", Modi said. Russia's state-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) is extremely interested in partnership with India, VEB First Deputy Chairman Nikolay Tsekhomsky said in an interview with TASS on Saturday.

It may be a coincidence, but on similar two occasions, Prime Minister Modi had left on foreign trips after effecting changes in his council of ministers.

China recounts Pakistan's sacrifices against terrorism ahead of BRICS summit