Defence deal and NSG on agenda for India at BRICS

RSTV Bureau

Hoping to tap the economic potential of BRICS nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is looking forward to the summit.

“India is honoured to welcome President Putin for the India-Russia Annual Summit. I also look forward to deliberations with leaders of China and South Africa, which will strengthen our bilateral ties with these key partners,” PM Modi said on twitter.

Informal meeting of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the 2016 G20 Summit in China

Informal meeting of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the 2016 G20 Summit in China

In a series of tweets meant to emphasise on enhancing economic and people-to-people ties, PM said that BRICS Summit with BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand will help countries.

“The outreach with BIMSTEC leaders is significant. We hope to tap the huge potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring,” PM said in series of tweets.

India is hosting world leaders in Goa for the 8th BRICS summit and the first ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa on Friday evening to attend the two-day BRICS summit which begins in south Goa today.

During the summit a total 11 heads of the countries will arrive in Goa where meetings ranging from trade, defence cooperation will take place.

“As BRICS chair this year, India embraces a stronger emphasis on enhancing economic and people-to-people ties. This will benefit us greatly. I look forward to useful conversations with leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil & Russia on key global & regional challenges,” PM said before leaving for Goa. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet in Goa on Saturday to discuss bilateral ties. This meet occupies significance after China hinted at supporting India’s entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group.

India China relations came under strain after Beijing opposed India’s efforts to get Jaish chief Masood Azhar declared a terrorist by the UN.

While Prime Minister Modi is expected to seek Xi’s cooperation in ironing out the recent irritants in ties, China is expected to focus on increasing investment from $2 billion now to $20 billion by 2019.