BRICS leaders condemn 'terrorism in all its manifestations'

For the first time, BRICS name Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad while expressing concern at terrorism

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BRICS leaders at the ongoing summit. Photo: BRICS 

XIAMEN: Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations at the 9th BRICS Summit in China on Monday. 

The summit, hosted by China this year, began on September 3 and will conclude on Sept 5. 

Leaders of member countries released the Xiamen declaration Monday, expressing concern over the security situation in the region. 

"We strongly condemn terrorist attacks resulting in death to innocent Afghan nationals....We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir," said the declaration.

"We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable," said the statement further.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the summit and will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow, their first meeting after the border dispute between the two countries in Doklam cooled down last month.

Modi earlier held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.