Brics Summit: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly to Johannesburg to take part in the 15th BRICS Summit, which will take place from August 22–24.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra provided information regarding the PM’s travel, stating that the summit’s subject is “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for mutually accelerated growth, sustainable development, and inclusive multilateralism.”
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the BRICS Summit has been held virtually for the past three years. This will be the first in-person summit in that time.
“For the 15th BRICS Summit, a business delegation from India is also travelling to South Africa to attend the Business Tracks meetings and also the meetings of the BRICS Business Council, BRICS Women Business Alliance and the BRICS Business Forum,” said Kwatra.
Kwatra responded that the host country had invited a large number of guest countries in addition to the BRICS members when questioned about the likelihood of a bilateral meeting between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit.
“The PM’s schedule, in terms of bilateral meetings with those leaders who would be present in South Africa is still being developed,” he added.
A special event with the theme “Brics – Africa outreach and Brics plus dialogue” will also include participation from PM Modi. Dozens of nations, largely from the African continent, have been asked by South Africa to participate in this, which is being organised following the BRICS Summit.
Third time to South Africa, PM Modi’s trip coincides with the 30th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.
On August 25, PM will leave Johannesburg to make an official visit to Greece at the request of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
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