MoS External Affairs meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
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20 June, 2017

The joint statement also backed the Paris climate accord in a reaffirmation that comes after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement, accusing India and China of trying to extract "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries in the name of climate change.

"We oppose any double standard adopted by countries in counter-terrorism efforts", foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Friday.

Earlier, India, represented by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh, said the grouping needed to cooperate on counter-terror measures.

The BRICS joint working group mechanism has concluded in May 2017, Singh said, adding that the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of the BRICS countries are due to meet next month ahead of this year's summit. "Our Prime Minister had repeatedly underscored the importance of BRICS in the worldwide arena and stressed the importance of intra-BRICS cooperation", Singh said.calling for closer cooperation among the BRICS countries, a message he repeated in his meetings with the various foreign ministers. China is also victim of terror and China is taking part in global initiatives against terror.

But Beijing has repeatedly rejected New Delhi's resolution at the United Nations to declare an global terrorist Pakistani militant leader, who India holds is the mastermind of Pathankot attack, saying there is not much evidence to prove his involvement. All five countries are members of the G20, although their economic prospects have declined somewhat amid crises in Brazil and South Africa and the effect of sanctions lodged against Russian Federation by the West.

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Besides Wang and Singh, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa and Alosio Nunes Ferreira of Brazil attended the BRICS foreign ministers meeting which is expected to finalise the agenda for the Xiamen summit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2017 BRICS Games which opened in Guangzhou on Saturday.

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"It is important to enhance BRICS security in counterterrorism matters", Singh said. "Everybody is fully concerned about the spread of terrorism in its various forms and manifestations", Singh said. "India looks forward to strengthening and deepening its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue with China", he said, adding he looks forward for many interactions with Wang.


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