1. BRICS Summit: At meet we agreed those who sponsor terror are as much a threat as terrorists themselves, says PM Modi

BRICS Summit: At meet we agreed those who sponsor terror are as much a threat as terrorists themselves, says PM Modi

As host of this year's BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, India, as is the practice, can invite neighbouring countries to join in for an outreach summit.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2016 7:51 PM
bric-l We are celebrating 10 years of our partnership under BRICS, it has produced strong benefits of cooperation. We must speed up the work on setting up BRICS agricultural research centre, railway research network and BRICS Sports council, says PM Modi. (Source: Twitter)

Talking tough on Pakistan at the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the “most serious” direct threat to regional security was terrorism, whose “mothership” was a country in India’s neighbourhood. The Prime Minister also said that country nurtures a mindset that loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains. Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jacob Zuma and South African leader Michel Temer at the BRICS Summit’s “restricted” segment, Modi said terror modules around the world are linked to this “mothership”.

During his bilaterals with Putin and Xi yesterday, Modi had strongly articulated India’s concerns over terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

This year’s summit is themed on ‘Building Responsive, Inclusive and collective solutions.’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in the state Friday night, will be hosting a dinner for the state heads Sunday night. While the meetings are happening at multiple venues in the coastal state, the Leela resort is the place where all these leaders and their key delegates will be converging for the state dinner, a hotel spokesperson told PTI. The resort, that overlooks the tranquil Sal river and the lofty Betul mountains, is situated on the pristine Mobor beach.

Check the LIVE updates here:


03: 57pm : The session has ended.

03: 54pm: The BRICS is also committed to strenghthen our consultations and cooperation on peace and security matters : PM Modi

03:52pm: We welcome the early entry into force of the Paris Climate agreement, India was proud to ratify it on 2nd October this year: PM Modi

03: 51pm: We agreed those who nurture, shelter, support & sponsor forces of violence &terror are as much a threat to us as terrorists themselves: PM Modi

03: 50pm: We have adopted the Goa declaration that lays a comprehensive vision for our cooperation within BRICS and international issues: PM Modi

03:47pm: Agreement announcement ceremony closes

03.32pm : PM Modi concluding the BRICS summit said that the countries will work closely to combat terrorism including cross border terrorism. Modi also said that we will fight against tax evasion, black money and corruption

03.26pm: We believe that our industrial cooperation can become more effective: Russian President Vladimir Putin

03.25pm: Vladmir Putin speaks at Plenary session

03.20pm: Would like to congratulate PM Narendra Modi for the effort to take BRICS out of meeting rooms, to public spaces: Brazilian President Michel Temer

02.57 pm: The world is faced with new inter connected challenges which require our concerted efforts to resolve, says South African President Jacob Zuma

02.45 pm: We need to deepen the security cooperation between our NSAs, early adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism will be an expedition of our resolve to fight this menace: PM Modi

02.43 pm: PM Modi outlines his thoughts for positive direction and strong momentum of intra-BRICS engagement:

1)The process of institution building in BRICS must continue to remain a focus area, enabling flexibility and freedom.

2) Transform the quantum and quality of trade and investment linkages among BRICS

3) Focus on key priorities of our economic transformations

4) Secure our societies. In the world we inhabit today, security and counter-terrorism cooperation are essential.

5) Thriving people-to-people exchanges is the lifeblood of BRICS.

02.40 pm: Terrorists funding, their weapon supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off, says PM Modi.

02.37 pm: BRICS Trade Fair just concluded, it should become a regular platform for business exchanges. We look forward to translating into reality the idea of BRICS credit rating agency, says Modi.

02.35 pm: We should set ourselves a target to double intra-BRICS to US Dollars five hundred billion by 2020, says Modi.

02.32 pm: In a world of new security challenges and continuing economic uncertainties, BRICS stands as a beacon of peace, potential and promise, adds PM Modi.


02.29 pm: We are celebrating 10 years of our partnership under BRICS, it has produced strong benefits of cooperation. We must speed up the work on setting up BRICS agricultural research centre, railway research network and BRICS Sports council, says PM Modi at Plenary session of BRICS Summit 2016.

02.14 pm: Onkar Singh Kanwar, Chair of the BRICS Business Council’s Indian Section presents the report of BRICS Business Council in Goa.

01.52 pm: Brazilian President Michel Temer speaking at the BRICS Business Council in Goa BRICS Summit, says committed to improve business ties.

01.45 pm: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the BRICS Business Council.

01.43 pm: We count on the BRICS business council to work with us and in strengthening mutual trade and enhancing business opportunities, says PM Modi.

01.40 pm: We have taken a number of steps for ease of doing business in country and the results are visible. We would encourage the BRICS Business Council to work closely with the NDB on identifying and implementing prospective economic projects, says PM Modi at BRICS Business Council in Goa.


01.35 pm: NDB’s success is concrete result of our common efforts. It has kept clean energy, green and sustainable infra as its priority. We welcome it: PM Modi at BRICS Business Council.

01.32 pm: In India, we have undertaken substantial reforms in last 2 years to streamline and simplify governance, especially doing business in India, says PM Modi.

11.39 am: PM Modi concludes by mentioning non-conventional security challenges, from threats on cyberspace and piracy on high seas to human trafficking.

11.35 am: If new drivers of growth have to take root, there must be unhindered flow of skilled talent, ideas, technology and capital across borders. The most serious direct threat to our eco prosperity is terrorism; Tragically, its mother-ship is a country in India’s neighborhood, says PM Modi.


11.27 am: India has recently ratified the Paris Climate Agreement. We are committed to a harmonious balance between development and climate change, says PM Modi.

11.23 am: PM Modi welcomes leaders at Restricted meeting, says BRICS nations have been a voice for peace, reform, reason and purposeful action.

11.11 am: PM Modi welcomes Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina while tweeting about the ties that the two countries share.

10.38 pm: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina arrives in Goa.


10.15 am: Bilateral meet takes place between PM Narendra Modi and Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay in Goa today.


09.40 am: PM Narendra Modi meets the President of Sri Lanka, bilateral talks held.



8.15 pm: President Xi lauded India’s chairmanship of BRICS, and in particular outreach with BIMSTEC countries which he described as innovative: MEA

8.10 pm: There is close coordination between India and China on this issue,& that particular dialogue will continue: Vikas Swarup,MEA on Masood Azhar

8.01 pm: One round of consultations had already taken place between two sides, President Xi said that second round would be happening soon: MEA

7.59 pm: There was a brief discussion on NSG, PM said that we look forward to working with China to realise India’s membership of NSG: MEA

7.57 pm: President Xi said that terrorism and violent extremism were on the increase, he alluded to the threat from ISIL: Vikas Swarup,MEA

7.55 pm: PM Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region: Vikas Swarup,MEA

7.54 pm: Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue, President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership: Vikas Swarup

7.50 pm: Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue, President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership: Vikas Swarup

7.40 pm: Both (PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping) reviewed bilateral relationship and its dimensions: Vikas Swarup,MEA #BRICS2016

7.30 pm: PM Modi meets South African President Jacob Zuma in Goa #BRICS2016

6.18 pm: Delegation level talks between India and China underway in Goa.

6.15 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Goa.

Another set of honoured guests begin to gather. PM of Bhutan and Nepal also arrive ahead of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit (Photo: MEA) Another set of honoured guests begin to gather. PM of Bhutan and Nepal also arrive ahead of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit (Photo: MEA)

5:30 PM: BRICS Summit: Here is the full speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

5:15 PM:  BRICS Summit 2016: PM Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin launch second unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant

Photo: MEA

5:00 pm: The Rosneft-Essar deal will be the biggest foreign takeover in India, and Russia’s largest outbound deal. Under the deal, a group led by Rosneft will acquire 98 percent of Essar Oil, and with it a 400,000 barrels-per-day refinery and port at Vadinar for $12.9 billion, the two sides said.

4: 52 pm: The two leaders also dedicated the unit two of Kudankulum nuclear power plant and witnessed foundation laying of its Unit 3 and 4.

4:46 pm:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held wide-ranging talks covering the entire expanse of bilateral engagement following which the two sides signed a total of 16 MoUs and made three announcements to boost ties in sectors like trade and investment, hydrocarbons, space and smart cities.

4:35 pm: India and Russia today sealed a number of big ticket defence deals including purchase of missile systems, frigates and joint production of helicopters besides deciding to deepen cooperation in a range of crucial sectors even as the two close allies resolved to fight the menace of terrorism unitedly.

4:23 pm: Incase you missed what PM Modi said in the joint statement, we highlight it again for you:

PM begun his media statement by welcoming President Putin with a Russian saying: “An Old friend is better than two new friends”

PM:  We deeply appreciate Russia’s understanding and support of our actions to fight cross-border terrorism that threatens our entire region

PM Narendra Modi: We also continue to expand, diversify and deepen our economic engagement

PM: With dedication of Kudankulum 2 & laying of foundation of K 3 & 4,we saw tangible results of India, Russia coop’n in Civil Nuclear Energy

 4:00 pm: India, Russia sign 16 agreements across multiple sectors

3:30 pm:

3:10 pm:

2.35 pm: The sense of meeting (PM Modi-President Putin) was that the relationship has really progressed well in last 9 months, addresses S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary.

‘India expressed gratitude to Russia for its unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Uri Army base,’ Jaishankar said.

2.16 pm: President Putin takes the podium for his address, says ”Companies of both countries are improving industrial cooperation, military and technical cooperation also improving.”

2.13 pm: Talking about recent terrorist acts, Modi said that we deeply appreciate Russia’s understanding and support of our actions to fight cross-border terrorism that threatens our entire region.

2.08 pm: Modi talks on countering terrorism ”Russia’s clear stand on the need to combat terrorism mirrors our own.”

”The success of this summit highlights our (India-Russia) strong convergence of views on pressing issues. We continue to expand, diversify & deepen economic engagement. Businesses, Industry between our countries is connected more deeply today,” he added.

‘In last 4 months alone,in Hydrocarbon sector, Indian companies have invested close to US$ 5.5 billion in Russia’s Oil & Gas sector. We both agree on zero tolerance towards terrorism and also on the situation in Afghanistan,’ Modi said.

2.04 pm: Modi says we are willing to expand the scope of our relation further. Expresses openness in constructing an energy bridge between the two nations.

”With an eye on the future we also agreed to setup a Science and Technology Commission”, says Modi.


2.00 pm: PM Modi addresses the Meet after the announcement, says ”Ours is a truly privileged and unique relationship.”

‘We agreed to work on an annual military industrial conf that will allow stakeholders on both sides to institute & push collaboration,’ he added that I am aware of your (President Putin) deep affection for India.

1.58 pm: MEA confirms the signing of important deals between the two nations.

1.50 pm: Putin says ‘wants to firm up defence ties with India’.

1.44 pm: Foundation of unit 3 and 4 of Kudankulam nuclear plant laid by PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin


MoU on gas Pipelines, Railways, Education, Power and Smart cities signed. Railway MoU to expand infrastructure. Other key defence deals inked. Details awaited.

1.30 pm: PM Modi tweets welcome greetings for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

12.46 pm: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Goa.


12.29 pm: Protests against China in Goa.

12.14 pm: India to give proofs of terror acts by Masood Azhar.

12.12 pm: ‘Free Tibet’ activists detained. Indo-Russia Annual Summit later.

11.45 am: PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin begin with restricted talks at BRICS.


11.20 am: PM Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.


11.17 am: MEA Vikas Swarup said ”We expect a very fruitful discussion on various issues; Defence, security issues are going to dominate. BRICS  will begin with informal dinner, before that there will be 3 important bilateral meet with Russia, South Africa & China. Also, PM Modi will hold Annual Summit with Russia, 2 leaders will discuss on a range of issues including defence, counter-terrorism.”

11.10 am: Ministry of Home Affairs tweets welcome to the World leaders.

10.54 am: Major Energy deal expected to be signed between India and Russia.

10.31 am: Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in Goa. PM to meet Putin and Xi Jinping separately.


10.23 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to raise the issues of India’s NSG membership and China’s hand in shielding JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar during his bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping today.

10.11 am: PM Modi welcomes South Africa President by tweeting in Portuguese.

09.50 am: MoS MEA General V K Singh receives South African President Jacob Zuma on his arrival in Dabolim city for the Summit.


09.19 am: Brazilian President Michel Temer arrives in Dabolim city, Goa for BRICS Summit.

08.57 am: PM Modi tweets about Russian President Putin’s arrival in India.

08.27 am: PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin to address a joint press conference later in the day today. Also, Delegation level talks and exchange of agreements between India and Russia to take place today.

08.14 am: PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold bilateral talks at BRICS Summit today.


3.20 pm: Niramala Sitharaman Tweets PM’s statement ahead of upcoming 8th BRICS Summit and first BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit

1.00 pm: PM Modi welcomes Heads of States.

12.30 pm: China cancels session at Trade fair organised in Delhi.

11.58 am: India, Russia finalise general framework agreement and credit protocol for unit 5 and 6 of Kudankulam nuclear plant: Russian sources.

11.50 am: Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in Goa, Tibetan student groups protest outside the Chinese embassy.


10.42 am: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping to arrive in Goa today for the BRICS summit.

9.30 am: Modi says BRICS will benefit us greatly.

8.50 am :

PM Narendra Modi welcomes his counterparts and expresses interest in strengthening bilateral ties and international cooperation.

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