Ahead of the BRICS summit on October 15-16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook welcomed the leaders of the BRICS and BIMSTEC families. In his statement posted on Friday, he announced that India was delighted to host the BRICS summit “followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit.”
He also announced in the statement the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for India-Russia Annual Summit and Brazilian President Michel Temer for a bilateral meeting. He highlighted that the meeting with Putin will rejuvenate the years-long friendship between India and Russia while the meeting with Temer will open new avenues for cooperation with Brazil.
PM Modi also highlighted that as the BRICS Chair this year, India will be emphasising on promoting “people-to-people linkages in diverse fields”.
“As Chair of the BRICS this year, India has embraced a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism,” the statement said.
He also said that new initiatives will be launched at the summit to bring about successful operationalising of other BRICS initiatives.
“It is anchored in the belief that our people are pivotal partners in our effort to craft responsive, collective and inclusive solutions. We will launch new initiatives in Goa even as we mark the successful operationalization of initiatives like the BRICS New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement,” his statement said.
This is the first time an outreach Summit with the BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sir Lanka and Thailand is being facilitated and India is spearheading it.
Focusing on the importance that the BRICS nations have in the world, Modi said he hoped bring together all of them for further development of the region.
“Representing nearly two thirds of humanity together, we hope to tap the potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring. India looks forward to building bridges to new partnerships and finding common resolve and solutions to our entrenched problems,” he said.
India and Russia are expected to ink defence deals worth billions of dollars during the meeting in Goa on Saturday between PM Modi and Putin, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. They include the procurement from Russia of four stealth frigates and five units of the S-400 anti-aircraft system, and the announcement of a joint venture for the manufacture of 200 Kamov-226T helicopters in India.
Ahead of the weekend meeting with PM Modi, President Xi Jinping of China had said it was “ready” for talks with India on the latter’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).