New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said terrorism is the biggest problem facing the world today and called for global efforts to hold countries supporting terrorists accountable.
“We have to ensure that the countries that support the terrorists are held accountable and this problem is tackled in an organized manner,’ he said while addressing the 12th BRICS Summit, hosted by Russia under the theme ‘Global Security, Shared Security and Innovative Growth.’ Modi’s oblique reference was to Pakistan without naming it.
Referring to India’s efforts globally in tackling the raging Covid 19 pandemic, the Prime Minister cited the example of India delivering essential medicines to more than 150 countries due to the capability of Indian pharma industry. “Our vaccine production and delivery capacity will also work in the interest of humanity like this,” he said.
“We have started a comprehensive reform process under the ‘Self-reliant India’ campaign which is based on the belief that a self-reliant India post-COVID can be a force multiplier for the global economy and make a strong contribution to the global value chains,” he told the summit through videoconferencing.
Modi said that next years BRICS would complete 15 years and our ‘sherpas’ can make a report to evaluate the various decisions taken by us in the past years,’ he said.
The summit was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President J Bolsanaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was for the second time over the past one week that President Xi and PM Modi came face to face virtually amid the ongoing border standoff in Eastern Ladakh.