Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders to boost their joint efforts to fight terrorism. While chairing a meeting of BRICS leaders in Hangzhou, China, where he is attending the G20 Summit, he said, "Clearly, someone funds and arms them, and BRICS must intensify joint efforts not just to fight terror but to coordinate actions to isolate those who are supporters and sponsors of terror," he said.
In remarks seemingly aimed at Pakistan, he said terrorism was the "primary source of instability and the biggest threat" to countries, and that "terrorists in South Asia...do not own banks or weapons factories", PTI reported. "We, as BRICS, are an influential voice in international discourse. It is, therefore, our shared responsibility to shape the international agenda."
The prime minister met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 meet. Officials said they held "constructive talks". External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Modi had raised concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will run through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and the terrorism based in the region.