Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pulled no punches when condemning Pakistan and terrorism emanating from its soil for the lack of peace and obstacles to development in India and other countries. However, he refrained from naming Pakistan explicitly in his speeches at the ongoing BRICS summit.
Earlier in the day, he had called Pakistan the 'mother-ship of terrorism' in the region, blaming it for the rise of terrorists in the entire area. Then, he spoke at the BRICS Business Council, and again indicted Pakistan for its lapses in combating terrorism. Read the full text of his speech here:
Your Excellency President Xi Jinping,
Your Excellency President Jacob Zuma,
Your Excellency President Michel Teme,
Your Excellency President Vladimir Putin,
Distinguished Members of the BRICS Business Council, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this meeting with the BRICS Business Council.
The Council reflects the full economic diversity and depth of business engagement between our countries.
I thank their contribution to the BRICS agenda of building inclusive economies through responsive and collective solutions.
Excellencies and friends, promoting economic and commercial engagement has been a foundational impulse in the creation of BRICS. It is, therefore, encouraging to see the BRICS Business Council take healthy shape three years after we set it up in Durban.
Our business communities are the strongest proponents for closer and faster commercial cooperation among BRICS.
Their partnerships create wealth and value in our societies. And, enhance productivity and create jobs in our economies through technological innovations and capacity addition.
I applaud that vision. I share that vision.
Excellencies, in India, we have undertaken substantial reforms in the last two years to streamline and simplify governance, especially doing business in India.
The results are clearly visible.
We have moved up in almost all global indices that measure such performances.
We have transformed India into one of the most open economies in the world today.
Growth is strong and we are taking steps to keep the momentum going.
I am happy to note that the BRICS Business Council also has matching priorities of ease of doing business, dismantling trade barriers, promoting skills development, establishing manufacturing supply chains and infrastructure development.
The Council's work holds much promise for expansion of trade and business among BRICS countries.
Excellencies, the New Development Bank is fully operational now. Its success is a concrete result of our common efforts.
We congratulate the NDB and its management for commencing the first batch of projects.
NDB has kept clean energy and green and sustainable infrastructure as its priority.
We welcome it.
We would encourage the BRICS Business Council to work closely with the NDB on identifying and implementing prospective economic projects.
India hosted the First BRICS Trade Fair in New Delhi two days ago with active participation from all your countries.
Such activities must be promoted to generate greater business awareness and commercial exchanges.
Excellencies, let me conclude by saying that as Governments, we count on the BRICS Business Council to work with us to achieve our common aim of:
- Strengthening mutual trade;
- Enhancing business opportunities;
- Building investments linkages;
- Promoting innovation; and
- Removing bottlenecks to intra-BRICS commerce.
In a little while, we will hear from the BRICS Business Council and the leadership of NDB.
Thank you. Thank you very much.