Narendra Modi at BRICS: PM meets Xi Jinping in South Africa; India reiterates commitment to multilateralism and trade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg's South Africa on Thursday.


Modi earlier reaffirmed India's commitment to multilateralism, international trade and a rules-based world order. Modi, who arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday on the last leg of his Africa tour, presented the country statement of India at the BRICS leaders' closed session.

"Celebrating a decade towards peace, harmony and shared development and prosperity! PM @narendramodi joins fellow #BRICS leaders at the group photo at Sandton International Convention Centre at the formal beginning of the Summit," Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted. The prime minister reaffirmed India's commitment to multilateralism, international trade and rules-based world order, he said.

The grouping's leaders during the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit are expected to deliberate on global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others.

Modi is also expected to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as "BRIC", before the induction of South Africa in 2010.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 26, 2018 23:36:00 IST