BRICS back India's campaign against global terrorism, says VK Singh

President Xi congratulates BRICS Games

China took over the rotating presidency of the BRICS from India after last year's Goa Summit.

In the bilateral meeting with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Wang said the BRICS countries, faced with increasing uncertainties in the worldwide situation, should unite more closely and play a leading role in building a community of shared future for the mankind. "China opposes terror in all forms".

Wang also met Indian vice Foreign Minister Vijay Kumar Singh.

"So China is actively taking part in global cooperation against terrorism and in our own way".

The meeting is a precursor to chain of meetings of BRICS officials, including the National Security Advisers (NSAs) meeting to be held later next month ahead of the 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.

India has been urging the United Nations to put sanctions against and designate as an worldwide terrorist Pakistan-based terrorist leader Masood Azhar, accused of masterminding several terror attacks in India, including the January 2016 strike on a military base in Punjab that killed at least seven security personnel.

"Ratings issued by Russia-based rating agencies may be used for our local investments and bonds placed by corporates and financial institutions, while if we speak about country-wide assessments, the assessment of our national securities' issuances for global investors here worldwide ratings are needed", Siluanov said, adding that the participants of Monday's meeting agreed to "study the issue in more detail". "Everybody is fully concerned about threat of terrorism in various manifestations", Singh said, addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Ministers from the BRICS countries in their first stand alone meeting to work out agenda for the Xiamen summit.

Earlier in the day, Singh said besides cooperating on financial issues, the BRICS agenda had witnessed steady expansion.

In Delhi meeting previous year, they (NSAs) had reached significant understanding on matters of security and counter terrorism, Singh said. "The Brics Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism concluded its meeting in May 2017", he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China in the coming year would look to "expand with more broad and wide-ranging cooperation in areas such as trade and commerce and investment".

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