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South American flavour in Modi’s BRICS diplomacy

Besides Roussef, leaders of 12 South American nations to meet Modi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 7, 2014 1:34:40 am

Eyeing to strengthen diplomatic ties with South American nations and other fast developing states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Jacob Zuma, host Brazilian President Dilma Roussef and leaders of 12 countries from the region at the BRICS summit on
July 15-16.
Sources said the meetings with Xi and Putin are expected to take place on July 16. The meetings, which will be held on the sidelines of the summit, will be the first dialogue between Modi and these two world leaders.

“The Prime Minister is more interested in substance and not on form,” MEA Secretary (West) Dinkar Khullar said, in response to whether the PM will skip a ceremonial reception to have a breakfast meeting with the South American leaders.

The PM’s possible meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the way to Brazil is still “under discussion”, sources said. However, Modi will make a transit halt at Frankfurt.

At the BRICS meeting, discussions are expected to be held on the Ukraine situation, establishing a development bank and WTO issues.

“BRICS is an interesting group of countries politically. Each year the summit declaration contains a specific action plan which these nations will be engaged in. Leaders will exchange views in a close setting on the 15th,” MEA’s Secretary (Economic Relations) Sujata Mehta, who is the sherpa (senior most official) from the Indian side, said.

“As part of the BRICS framework, there is a meeting with all the South American countries, PM will also participate in this,” Khullar said.

“PM will be having a bilateral meeting with Brazil. The first meeting of the Prime Minister with heads of governments of South American countries will further strengthen our already close relations,” he added.

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