The 12th edition of BRICS Summit hosted by Russia, under the theme of ‘Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth’, is being virtually today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the summit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“During the 12th Summit, held in the backdrop of the 75th Anniversary of UN and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders would be discussing intra-BRICS cooperation and key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, measures to mitigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation in counter-terrorism, trade, health, energy and people to people exchanges,” MEA said.
India will be taking over the chairship of the BRICS, which would be the third BRICS Presidency for the country since its inception, after 2012 and 2016, and will host the 13th BRICS Summit in 2021, the statement said. PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have come face to face for the second time today after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, amid ongoing border disputes between the two countries.
The participants of the summit are all set to discuss cooperation prospects and international agenda said the Russian foreign ministry on Monday. “The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will discuss the current state of cooperation within the body and its prospects, they will exchange opinions on pressing issues on the international and regional agenda, they will recap the results of Russia’s BRICS presidency this year, and also coordinate positions in light of the G20 summit, scheduled for November 21-22,” Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, Sputnik quoted.
The summit is being held in the backdrop of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Xi Jinping's speech at BRICS
Speaking at BRICS on multilateralism, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that power politics is inflating dispute and confrontation. Underlining the need to safeguard UN based international order and enhance cooperative security,
Xi further added that China opposes interference in other's international affairs.
Terrorism biggest problem today: PM Modi
In an indirect message to Pakistan and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called terrorism the biggest problem today and said that those supporting terrorism must be held guilty.
Terrorism is the biggest problem facing the world today.— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2020
We have to ensure that the countries that support the terrorists are held accountable and this problem is tackled in an organized manner: PM Narendra Modi speaking at BRICS Summit, via video conferencing pic.twitter.com/H8c19Y5DZ0
UN has failed to change with the times: PM Modi
Elaborating on how UN has failed to change with the times, PM Modi underlines that UN security reforms are necessary as the institution is based on a mindset that existed 75 years ago. Urging BRICS partners to extend support in this, PM Modi added that reforms are also required in IMF and WHO.
PM Modi's speech at BRICS Summit 2020
Addressing the 12th BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a strong pitch for a change in UN structure. Expressing India's firm belief in multilateralism and support for UN values, PM Modi has said that UN's multilateralism is undergoing a crisis.