Brics Foreign Ministers meet, India raises terrorism issue

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China has said the issue of terrorism would be discussed candidly at the meet of the five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as New Delhi seemed poised to raise the issue of branding Pakistani militant Masood Azhar as an worldwide terrorist.

Mr. Wang referred to the fruitful and constructive meeting between Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) last week at Astana.

"In a meeting in Delhi previous year they (the NSAs) had reached significant understanding on security and counter terrorism matters", said Singh, who represented external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the meeting who couldn't attend herself due to health issues.

"She is looking forward to meet you", he said. "We are very happy to see that the process is being carried forward under China's able chairmanship", Singh said.

The minister also spoke on India's efforts to promote BRICS as a brand among member states.

The foreign ministers' meeting is being held in the run-up to the 9th BRICS summit, to be held in the Chinese city of Xiamen in September.

Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group, is wanted in India for the January 2016 terror attack at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab.

Incidentally, this is the first time the foreign ministers meeting has been called by a host country holding the BRICS Summit.

During his meeting with Lavrov, Wang said China is willing to deepen coordination with Russian Federation to enhance strategic trust, boost economic and financial cooperation, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges and strengthen the cooperation mechanism among BRICS countries.

During the foreign ministers' meet, China is expected to outline the agenda for this year's BRICS summit which included efforts to seek common ground against terrorism.

China has also blocked India's bid to enter the NSG.

Gou Zhongwen, director of China's General Administration of Sport, recites a congratulatory letter sent from Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the opening of the BRICS Games at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou of South China's Guangdong province, June 17, 2017.

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