Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the BRICS Summit via video conferencing and lashed out at countries that support terrorism. The Prime Minister in an indirect mention to Pakistan said, "terrorism is the biggest problem the world is facing today. We must ensure that the countries that support and assist the terrorists are also blamed, and this problem must be tackled in an organized manner."
Addressing the summit of five-nation grouping BRICS via videoconferencing, PM Modi said, "In 2021, BRICS will complete 15 years. Our 'sherpas' can make a report to evaluate the various decisions taken by us in the past years."
The 12th BRICS summit, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
"Terrorism is the biggest problem the world is facing. We have to ensure that the countries that support and assist the terrorists are also held guilty," the prime minister said.
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) is known as an influential bloc that represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world's population. The BRICS countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.
In his address, Modi also underlined the need for reform of the United Nations Security Council as well as multilateral bodies like the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.
PM Modi on COVID-19 vaccine
Talking about the COVID-19 crisis, Modi said India's vaccine production and delivery capabilities will work in the interest of humanity. The Prime Minister also highlighted reform initiatives undertaken by his government under the 'self-reliant India' campaign.
"We have started a comprehensive reform process under the 'Self-reliant India' campaign. The campaign is based on the belief that a self-reliant and resilient India post-COVID can be a force multiplier for the global economy and make a strong contribution to the global value chains," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)