Brics Summit 2016 Goa: PM Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss terror, NSG, Masood Azhar, says MEA

BRICS 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also hold extensive bilateral talks with heads of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa on the sidelines of BRICS summit

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2016 9:26 pm
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Shortly after concluding delegation-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. After the meeting, PM Modi said, “My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties.” Earlier in the day, PM Modi and Vladimir Putin held delegation-level talks on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa. Both leaders later made statements detailing the partnership between the two countries.

India and Russia signed a total of 16 agreements mostly in the fields of defence, energy, power, shipbuilding and space. Both PM Modi and President Putin also lay the foundation of units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant via video conferencing.

“We agreed to work on an annual military industrial conference that will allow stakeholders on both sides to institute and push collaboration,” said PM Modi. He called Russia an ‘old friend of India.’

Top heads of state including Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African president Jacob Zuma are in Goa to attend the 8th BRICS summit. Representatives from the BIMSTEC countries will also be present at the summit. BRICS is an association of emerging national economies comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

This year’s summit is themed on ‘Building Responsive, Inclusive and collective solutions.’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in the state Friday night, will be hosting a dinner for the state heads Sunday night. While the meetings are happening at multiple venues in the coastal state, the Leela resort is the place where all these leaders and their key delegates will be converging for the state dinner, a hotel spokesperson told PTI. The resort, that overlooks the tranquil Sal river and the lofty Betul mountains, is situated on the pristine Mobor beach.

Also read: China may carry Pak message to India at BRICS

Pakistan, with whom India is currently having increased tensions, is likely to be the flavour of the summit. When PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping later Saturday for bilateral talks, the foreign leader is likely to impress for resumption of engagement with Pakistan. Sources told the Indian Express that if India and the region have to develop, then Beijing must tell Islamabad to mend its ways.

Here are the highlights

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Leaders of the BRICS nations pose for a group photograph outside the BRICS Dome in Goa, before the informal dinner

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The cuisine for the dinner is Indian, with the hotel’s chefs presenting different regional delicacies. The dinner will be accompanied by performances by dancers and musicians from across India.

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The dinner is being held inside a vast white dome erected on the sprawling lawns of the five-star hotel on the Arabian Sea where the BRICS summit is being held this weekend.

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Modi’s guests at Saturday’s dinner include presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, Michel Temer of Brazil and Jacob Zuma of South Africa, as well as ministers and officials from the five BRICS countries.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting a state dinner for government leaders and other officials who have arrived in the coastal state of Goa to attend a meeting of the five BRICS emerging market countries.

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PM Modi to have meetings with Sri Lankan President, also with Prime Minister of Bhutan tomorrow: Vikas Swarup

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There is close coordination between India and China on this issue and that particular dialogue will continue: Vikas Swarup on Masood Azhar

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Our broad concerns in the current state conveyed to Chinese side, intention was that both sides should narrow down areas of differences: MEA

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My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties: PM Modi

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One round of consultations had already taken place between two sides, President Xi said that second round would be happening soon: MEA

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President Xi said that terrorism and violent extremism were on the increase, he alluded to the threat from ISIL: Vikas Swarup

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PM Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region: Vikas Swarup

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Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue, President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership: Vikas Swarup

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Both (PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping) reviewed bilateral relationship and its dimensions: Vikas Swarup

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PM Modi meets South African President Jacob Zuma in Goa

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PM Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping bilateral talks underway

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Delegation level talks between India and China underway in Goa

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PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Goa at BRICS 2016

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One of the major deals signed between the two countries is the S-400 air defence system worth $5 billion

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Our aim is to develop a better relationship between India and Russia, in both private and public sectors: S Jaishankar

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The scale of investments announced today between India and Russia are unprecedented: S Jaishankar

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There is a recognition today that terrorism is not just an issue for India: S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

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India expressed gratitude to Russia for its unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Uri Army base: S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

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Russia will never do anything that’s not in our best interests: S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

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PM Modi and Presiden Putin, both strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations: S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

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The sense of meeting between PM Modi and President Putin was that the relationship has really progressed well in last 9 months: S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

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Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is making a press statement.

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Rosneft and partners buy Essar Oil refinery, port and petrol pumps for an enterprise value of USD 12.9 billion, reports PTI

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India and Russia have signed a pact for the joint production of 200 Kamov helicopters

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But perhaps the most important announcement apart from the defence deals is the inauguration of units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant by both the leaders

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Just rewinding, both countries have signed a number of pacts on cooperation in energy, power, shipbuilding, space and smart cities.

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President Putin is now making his press statement in Russian.

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India and Russia are moving together to a bright future, announces PM Modi

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We continue to expand, diversify & deepen economic engagement. Businesses, Industry between our countries is connected more deeply today: PM Modi

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Russia’s clear stand on the need to combat terrorism mirrors our own: PM Modi

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We affirm the need for zero tolerance in dealing with terrorists and their supporters, says the Prime Minister

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Ours is a truly privileged and unique relationship: PM Modi at BRICS

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We agreed to work on an annual military industrial conference that will allow stakeholders on both sides to institute & push collaboration: PM Modi

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PM Modi praises the consistency in the leadership of President Putin and says the talks have been highly productive.

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PM Modi calls Russia an old friend of India. He says in Russian that an old friend is better than two new friends.

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The press statements are beginning now by the two leaders.

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MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said 16 agreements were exchanged between the two sides.

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The MoU for the procurement of air defence system has been signed.

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The MoUs between the two countries are being exchanged at the moment. Remember, the key deals to look out for are in the fields of energy and defence.

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There is tight security in Goa for the BRICS summit

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Why is Pakistan likely to be the flavour of the summit?

Read our story here | http://bit.ly/2e5AQ2c

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PM Modi welcomes the Chinese President to India

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More pictures from the bilateral talks between India and Russia

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And the Chinese President arrives in Goa

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The Indian and Russian delegations are holding restricted talks right now.

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UPDATE: Many of the Tibetan activists who were protesting the visit of the Chinese President in Goa have been detained by police

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Veteran banker KV Kamath has said that everything is going right for India at the moment. Read story | http://bit.ly/2e5pZ8f

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PM Modi is likely to raise concerns over growing military ties between Russia and Pakistan with President Putin

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Meanwhile, Tibetans are staging protest at Margao against the visit of the Chinese president

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C Raja Mohan wrote in his column for the Indian Express that the moment of peak solidarity for the BRICS nations may have passed. ‘The challenge now is to manage the growing differences among them,’ he writes.

Read more | http://bit.ly/2e8XHqE

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Meanwhile, the US has asked Pakistan to ‘go after terrorists’ once again. Read story here

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MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told ANI that Putin and Modi will talk on a range of issues including counter-terrorism and defence.

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The Prime Minister has just met the Russian President.

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Here’s a video of the Russian President disembarking at the airport in Goa

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A video of the Russian President as he disembarks from the plane upon arriving in Goa

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Here are all the updates from the BRICS Summit in Goa