Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually attend the 12th edition of the BRICS Summit today. This time, Russia will host the summit under the theme of ”Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”. The BRICS countries will also discuss issues of mutual cooperation during the summit. These include measures to combat COVID-19, counter-terrorism, trade and health.
Bilateral issues will not be raised:
Prior to the summit, Russia has made it clear that this platform will not be used to raise bilateral disputes. It is believed that Modi will focus on the issue of terrorism. During this time, the Prime Minister may also mention terrorism financing and drug trafficking. At the 11th Summit in Brazil, Modi had clearly stated that the biggest problem in the path of development is terrorism.
Leaders will discuss Intra-BRICS cooperation and key issues in the global context: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs said, “During the 12th Summit, held in the backdrop of the 75th Anniversary of UN and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders would be discussing intra-BRICS cooperation and key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, measures to mitigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation in counter-terrorism, trade, health, energy and people to people exchanges.”
PM Modi will face XI Jinping for second time amid border tensions:
PM Modi will face Chinese President Xi Jinping for the second time after the SCO summit, amid ongoing border disputes between both countries. Apart from Jinping, Pakistan PM Imran Khan also attended the SCO meeting last week. Modi then gave a message of respect to each other’s sovereignty and integrity. India will host the 13th BRICS Summit. After BRICS, Modi and Jinping may meet next at the G20 Summit.