NSG Membership, Trade, Defence Ties Mark Day 1 of Goa BRICS Summit

Modi will host a state dinner for the visiting heads of states and government of the BRICS at Leela Goa on Sunday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other BRICS leaders wearing ethnic jackets before the informal dinner on Saturday, 15 October 2016. (Photo: PTI)
  • The 8th BRICS summit will be held in Goa.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Dabolim City. His arrival was delayed due to bad weather.
  • Russia and India held bilateral talks and signed key defence and energy deals.
  • PM Modi appreciated Russia’s stand to fight terrorism and said it mirrored ours.
  • Bilateral talks with China is also on the agenda. India is likely to bring up NSG again.
  • India will mount a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan.
  • The summit includes an outreach to BIMSTEC – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
  • India holds bilateral meeting with China.
3:49 PM, 15 Oct

After the meeting with the BRICS leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the Kigali agreement.

In a landmark step to combat climate change, about 200 nations, including India, today struck a legally-binding Kigali deal after intense negotiations to phase down climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons that have global warming potential a thousand times more than carbon dioxide.

The agreement will lead to a reduction of 0.5 degrees in global temperature by the end of the century and enable us to achieve the goals set in Paris. This will also provide a mechanism for countries like India to access and develop technologies that leave a low carbon footprint.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
2:56 PM, 15 Oct

After PM Modi’s meeting with with President Xi, MEA Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said, “Both (PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping) reviewed bilateral relationship and its dimensions. Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue, President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership.”

PM Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region. President Xi said that terrorism and violent extremism were on the increase, he alluded to the threat from ISIL. There was a brief discussion on NSG, PM said that we look forward to working with China to realise India’s membership of NSG.One round of consultations had already taken place between two sides, President Xi said that second round would be happening soon. 
Vikas Swarup, MEA Spokesperson

Swarup said that the Chinese side is very well aware of Indian concerns about terrorist attacks in its soil and the need to ensure that globally notified terrorists are designated by the UN.

PM Modi said India and China must increase their coordination in context of UN 1267 committee and look for common ground. He also said that today no country is immune from terrorism, and this is an issue on which we cannot afford to have any differences.
Vikas Swarup, MEA Spokesperson

PM Modi will be holding meetings with the Sri Lankan President and the with Prime Minister of Bhutan, on Sunday, Swarup said.

President Xi lauded India's chairmanship of BRICS, and in particular outreach with BIMSTEC countries which he described as innovative, Swarup added.

2:17 PM, 15 Oct

PM Modi tweeted that the meeting held with Chinese President, Xi Jinping “was fruitful”.

2:17 PM, 15 Oct

Modi Meets South African President, Jacob Zuma

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meets South African President, Jacob Zuma ahead of the BRICS summit.

PM Modi greets South African President, Jacob Zuma. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="">@MEAIndia</a>)
PM Modi greets South African President, Jacob Zuma. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

After the meeting, Modi said:

Met South African President, Jacob Zuma and had comprehensive talks with him on further cementing India’s ties with South Africa.

Published: 15 Oct 2016, 04:19 AM IST
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