Goa: Emphasising on the issue of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the plenary session of BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit underway in Goa on Sunday said, “To those who nurture the philosophy of terror and seek to demoralise mankind, we must send a clear message to mend ways or be isolated.”
Indirectly hitting out Pakistan over for harbouring terrorism, PM Modi said, “One country in India’s neighbourhood embraces and radiates darkness of terror; terrorism has become its favourite child”.
Mentioning the importance of BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit, PM Modi said, “BIMSTEC region is prone to natural disasters. Environment protection and disaster management are areas where BRICS- BIMSTEC partnership will benefit millions.”
BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. Those nations are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
The BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach is a great initiative by India where BRICS leaders will be interacting with BIMSTEC and giving importance that India now has attached to BIMSTEC as sub-regional grouping.
Addressing the plenary session of BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit, South African President Jacob Zuma said, “Would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all countries who have successfully ratified Paris agreement on climate change.”
“We want to fight terrorism together, we all will collectively work on it,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Speaking about combating terrorism, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said, “I emphasise that Sri Lanka is firmly committed to join all efforts to combat this global menace of terrorism”.


Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s speech at the plenary session BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit: 

  • BRICS and BIMSTEC have been shaped by different context. Together we represent two thirds of humanity.
  • But we are joined by common vision and peace, stability and development. We are also united by similar challenges and concerns.
  • Terrorism, radicalisation pose grave threats to each of us.
  • Geographical barriers and borders pose no limitations on those who wish to harm our societies.
  • In South Asia and BIMSTEC, all nation states barring one are motivated to pursue a path of peace, development and economic prosperity.
  • Unfortunately, this country in India’s neighbourhood embraces and radiates the darkness of terrorism.
  • Terrorism has become its favourite child, and the child in turn has come to define the essential nature of its parents.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi while speaking on the issue of terrorism, had indirectly verbally attacked Pakistan and said the “mothership of terrorism” was in India’s neighbourhood and linked to terror modules across the world.