The Summit is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Michel Temer and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa. With the Summit taking place within weeks of the Uri terror strike by Pak-based terrorists, India will strongly pitch for intensified efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens to terrorists and arming them.

The five BRICS countries represent over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world's population and they have a combined nominal GDP of USD 16.6 trillion. At the Summit, India is likely to push for unity among the five-nation BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping to remove the logjam at the UN on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) for effectively dealing with terror.

Apart from the heads of governments of BRICS attending the Summit, Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) will be here to participate in the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet.

The BRICS Summit started with a 'family photo' followed by restricted talks between the leaders and later a meeting of business captains from the member-countries. In the second half, after the speech of the leaders, there will be BRICS and BIMSTEC retreat.
PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday recognised terrorism as a ‘key issue’, an Indian official said after a meeting between the two leaders.

But Beijing gave no assurance on supporting New Delhi's bid on a UN ban against Pakistan-based militant leader Masood Azhar, "Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue. President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.

PM Modi and Xi Jinping met at a beach resort here, ahead of the BRICS Summit to review bilateral ties and its dimensions."Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region," Swarup said.
A scuffle broke out between visiting Chinese media and Indian security officials at the Taj Exotica hotel here just before the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping over access.

According to an eyewitness, the group of Chinese media was not allowed to enter the hall where the two leaders were expected to hold talks.

This agitated them and lead to the scuffle. Asked about the incident, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "I only comment on substantive issue."