New Delhi: Ahead of the two-day BRICS summit beginning tomorrow at Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed the leaders at the summit.
In his Facebook post, the PM said that India is 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.
Modi said 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.
He added 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.
The PM said the 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.”
Focusing on the importance that the BRICS nations in the world, Modi said he hoped to 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.
Modi also tweeted that the nation looks forward to strengthening its bilateral ties with the partners.
“I look forward to deliberations with leaders of China and South Africa, which will strengthen our bilateral ties with these key partners,” he added.
– India Blooms News Service
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