PM Modi leaves for Brazil to attend 11th BRICS Summit; will meet Putin and Xi 

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 12, 2019, 04.16 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo) Photograph:( ANI )

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The prime minister will be in Brazil from November 13-14 for the 11th BRICS summit during which New Delhi's focus will be on the issue of multilateralism and counter-terror.
 
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for the 11th BRICS Summit that will take place in Brazil tomorrow. 

On the sidelines of the BRICS summit, the prime minister will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro and Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

The prime minister will be in Brazil from November 13-14 for the 11th BRICS summit during which New Delhi's focus will be on the issue of multilateralism and counter-terror.

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Ahead of the visit, Secretary Economic Relations T S Tirumurt said, "Prime Minister has articulated his vision for reformed multilateralism and has underlined the importance of strengthening and reforming the multilateral system itself. He has specifically underlined that when we call for multilateralism, we should not call to reinforce the status-quo of multilateralism but seek to reform multilateralism itself since this is what BRICS had originally set out to do".

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Cooperation on the counter-terror front has been another key focus of New Delhi, with Secretary ER saying, India has "worked closely within BRICS to not only take a strong stand against terrorism but also work to bring about focused consultations on specific aspects related to terrorism".

In his departure statement, he said that the BRICS Summit will provide the opportunity to hold "useful bilateral interactions" with leaders of other BRICS countries.

"I look forward to exchanging views with other BRICS leaders with the aim to further strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation particularly on the theme of the Summit "Economic growth for an innovative future".

During the Summit, the five major economies of the World will aim to significantly strengthen their cooperation in science, technology, and innovation; enhance cooperation on digital economy and build mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation within the BRICS framework," Modi said in the statement.

Taking about his bilateral meeting with Bolsonaro, Modi said that he will discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between India and Brazil. "Brazil and India share close and ever-expanding bilateral relations, including in the spheres of defense, security, trade, agriculture, energy, and space. Close cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums has been a significant aspect of our strategic relationship," Modi said. 

The prime minister will address the BRICS Business Forum and will interact with members of BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank.

BRICS brings together five major world economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - which comprise 42 per cent of the world population, contribute to 23 percent of global Gross Domestic Product and around 17 percent of the share in world trade.

(With inputs from ANI)