At Brics meet, PM skips Ukraine issue, discusses pandemic | India News

NEW DELHI: The Brics meeting, where all countries recalled their national positions on Ukraine, as expressed in the UN Security Council and the UNGA, will take place ahead of the G7 summit next week, which will see PM Modi to join leading Western economies as they discuss ways to mitigate Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Chinese President Xi Jinping at a Brics meeting on Wednesday criticized the West for “arming” the global economy through sanctions against Russia, and also warned against any expansion of military ties.
India and China are among the few countries that have not condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Afghanistan was another key area of ​​focus at Thursday’s meeting, where member states supported a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan while emphasizing respect for its sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, national unity and non-interference in its internal affairs. affairs.
Modi did not allude to the situation in Ukraine in his opening address on Thursday, focusing mainly on the pandemic. “While the magnitude of the epidemic has decreased globally than before, many of its adverse effects are still visible in the global economy. We, the Brics member states, had a very similar view of the governance of the global economy. And so our mutual cooperation make a useful contribution to the global recovery after Covid,” Modi said, addressing Xi, the Russian president. Putin and their Brazilian and South African counterparts, Jair Bolsonaro and Cyril Ramaphosa.
“We support the talks between Russia and Ukraine. We also discussed our concerns about the humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine and expressed our support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General, the UN agencies and the ICRC to provide humanitarian aid in accordance with the basic principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality established by the UN General Assembly,” the joint statement said.
On Afghanistan, the joint statement said: “We emphasize the need for all parties to encourage the Afghan authorities to achieve national reconciliation through dialogue and negotiations, and to establish a broad, inclusive and representative political structure We reaffirm the importance of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.” The summit stressed that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country, or to host or train terrorists, or to plan to fund terrorist acts, and reiterated the importance of the counter terrorism in Afghanistan.

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