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.
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.
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