PM Modi to attend virtual BRICS summit hosted by China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week’s virtual summit of the BRICS petition group amid geopolitical turmoil sparked by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) announced on Tuesday that Modi will attend the annual summit on June 23rd and 24th at the invitation of the Chinese president. China is hosting the summit as chairman of the group for the current year.

The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries, representing 41% of the world’s population, 24% of world GDP and 16% of world trade.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will also attend the summit.

The summit is also taking place against the backdrop of the ongoing border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh.

It will be interesting to see if the summit will discuss the Ukrainian crisis.

“At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 14th BRICS summit hosted by China in a virtual format on June 23 and 24. This includes a high-level dialogue on global development with guest countries on June 24, “the MEA said in a statement.

It says the BRICS has become a platform for discussing and discussing issues of common interest to all developing countries, adding that the group regularly calls for reform of the multilateral system to make it more representative and inclusive. .

Discussions at the 14th BRICS Summit are expected to cover cooperation within the BRICS in areas such as counter-terrorism, trade, health, traditional medicine, environment, science and technology and innovation, agriculture, technical and professional education and training and MSMEs, ”said MEA.

It says there are likely to be discussions on issues such as multilateral system reform, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic recovery, among others.

Ahead of the summit, Modi will take part in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday, MEA reported.

Last week, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval attended a virtual meeting of BRICS senior security officials. In his address, Doval called for enhanced cooperation against terrorism without any reservations, while stressing the need for urgent reform of the multilateral system to address global issues of trust, justice and accountability.

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