Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in New Delhi on Tuesday that the BRICS has been actively promoting a robust agenda for collaboration across all sectors and acts as a forum for discussion of topics important to the whole Global South.
PM Modi expressed his eagerness to meet with “some of the leaders present in Johannesburg” on a personal level.
“BRICS has been pursuing a robust agenda of sectoral cooperation. We appreciate that BRICS has evolved into a forum for talking about and debating issues that are important to the entire Global South, such as the need for development and international system reform, the PM said in a statement.
In response to South Africa’s president Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa’s invitation, PM Modi will depart for the continent to take part in the 15th BRICS Summit.
The world economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are together known as BRICS.
August 22–24 will see the BRICS summit. The tour commemorates the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between India and South Africa and will be PM Modi’s third visit to the country.
“I am visiting the Republic of South Africa from August 22–24, 2023 at the invitation of Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa,” the PM stated in his departure statement prior to his trip. “I am there to attend the 15th BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg under the South African Chairmanship.”
The PM continued, “I will also take part in BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue events that will be place as part of the BRICS Summit activities during my stay in Johannesburg. I am looking forward to speaking with several of the guest nations who have been invited to attend this summit.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the BRICS Summit has been held virtually for the past three years. This will be the first in-person summit in that time.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, will virtually attend the 15th BRICS Summit, with Sergey Lavrov serving as the delegation’s head. Additionally, he will take part in a unique occasion with the theme “Brics – Africa outreach and Brics plus dialogue”.
Dozens of nations, largely from the African continent, have been asked by South Africa to participate in this, which is being organised following the BRICS Summit.
On Friday, the Prime Minister of South Africa will go to Athens, Greece, at Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ invitation. “I’ve never been to this remote location. According to the press release, “I have the privilege to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Greece in 40 years.
“Our two civilizations have been in contact for more than 2,000 years. Today’s common principles of democracy, the rule of law, and pluralism have reinforced our bonds. Regarding the ties between India and Greece’s civilizations, the PM stated that cooperation in a variety of areas, including trade and investment, defence, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges, has been drawing our two countries closer together.
I’m excited to visit Greece and start a new chapter in our complex relationship, he remarked.