Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed the leaders of the BRICS and BIMSTEC families ahead of the summit, which is scheduled on October 15 and 16.
In a statement posted in Facebook, PM Modi announced that India was delighted to host the BRICS summit “followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit.”
He also announced that the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for India-Russia Annual Summit and Brazilian President Michel Temer for a bilateral meeting. 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, highlighted PM Modi.
Modi said 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,” Modi said.
The statement added: “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.”
“I am optimistic that the BRICS Summit will strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation and advance our common agenda for development, peace, stability and reform. In a first, I am happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with the BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand,”Modi said in the statement.
The statement added:”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.”
“Xi Jinping of China had said it was “ready” for talks with India on the latter’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” Modi concluded the statement.
Meanwhile, PM Modi will on Friday arrived in Bhopal today to inaugurate a newly built war memorial — Shaurya Samarak — and address a meeting of former servicemen at Lal Pared ground, in Bhopal during his three-hour visit. After this Bhopal visit, he will head for Goa for the 8th BRICS Summit.