India pitches for greater engagement with BRICS nations

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BRICS Foreign Ministers to Discuss Syria Afghanistan on June 18-19 in Beijing Sputnik Zhanna Manukyan

They discussed steps to strengthen strategic relations on the directions laid down by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at Astana recently.

"Singh, who held a bilateral meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi yesterday, said India attached great importance to all the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and that "(we) continue to work closely with all our partners with mutual trust, respect and transparency to further enhance our bonds". China will host summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) at Xiamen city in September.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh gives a speech during the BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Beijing Monday, June 19, 2017. "China is ready to shoulder the important mission of opening up of the second decade of BRICS cooperation".

"I am sure this year under China's presidency, we will meet the expectation as BRICS countries continue to be the driving force not only in economy, but also increasingly in ideas and in proposals for global governance", Paulo said.

China is also expected to outline its proposals for the BRICS summit.

Answering a question on doubts being expressed over BRICS future, Wang said "there are some questioning voices". All five countries are members of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations, although their economic prospects have declined somewhat amid crises in Brazil and South Africa and the impact of sanctions lodged against Russian Federation by the West.

"... These five countries ... form an economic block that accounts for more than 40 percent of the world's population and over 20 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP)".

India today asked the BRICS nations to back its efforts in adopting a comprehensive convention on terrorism at the UN to shed the ambiguity about "good" and "bad" terrorists, as the foreign ministers of the bloc forged consensus on evolving a common strategy to combat the menace.

The BRICS cooperation has already developed full fledged framework involving dialogue cooperation covering various fields.

In their focus on regional and global security, the BRICS foreign ministers backed "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" national reconciliation programme in Afghanistan, as well as a "Syrian-led, Syrian-owned" political process which safeguarded the state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

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

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