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US backs BRICS summit for efforts on ‘constructive engagement’ on global issues

PTI, Washington: The US welcomed the efforts of BRICS countries to engage constructively in global issues of

importance as member nations converge in Goa, India, for the eight summit.
Responding to a question on the summit, being hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this year, a US state department spokesman said, “US welcomes BRICS effort of constructive engagement.”
Ahead of the summit on Friday, Modi said he was looking forward to building bridges to new partnerships and finding common resolve and solutions to entrenched problems of the region.
He also said they would discuss ways to address “pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of our goals”. The Prime Minister is holding bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
The five BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — represent over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world population, and have a combined gross domestic product of $16.6 trillion.
India is likely to push for unity among the BRICS members to remove the logjam at the UN on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) for effectively dealing with terror.
Initiated by India, the CCIT is stuck at the UN due to lack of agreement among its members about the definition of terrorism.

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