Indian PM Modi chairs BRICS summit, counter-terror action plan adopted
BRICS has adopted the Counter-Terrorism Action Plan under the chairship of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Indian PM chaired the 13th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, held in a virtual format, on September 9. The meeting was attended by Brazil President Jair Bolsanaro, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
He said: "We have adopted BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan. With the agreement on Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation between our space agencies, a new chapter of cooperation has begun. With cooperation between our customs departments, intra-BRICS trade will become easier.
“There has also been a consensus with regards to starting a virtual BRICS Vaccination Research and Development Centre. BRICS Alliance on green tourism is also another new initiative."
The BRICS summit saw the adoption of the "New Delhi Declaration", where the member nations prioritised fighting terrorism, including preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as a terrorist sanctuary.
Meanwhile, marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack in the United States, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti, said in a statement that the world must resolve to fight against terrorism together.
Taking to Twitter, he said: "There are no your terrorists, my terrorists, bad terrorists or good terrorists. Must fight it together."
Tirumurti and representatives of UN Security Council (UNSC) member countries paid homage at the National September 11 Memorial in New York on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack.
On September 11, 2001, the United States faced the deadliest terrorist attack in its history, in which over 3,000 people were killed. Within a span of just 102 minutes, both towers of the New York World Trade Centre collapsed after planes hijacked by Al Qaeda operatives crashed into them.