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PM to face Xi Jinping again in virtual 12th BRICS summit

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As the 12th edition of BRICS Summit hosted by Russia is being held on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the ongoing border dispute in Ladakh, albeit virtually. The theme of the summit is ”Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth.” 

PM Modi will be attending the summit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday.

“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,” MEA released a statement.

India is likely to take over the Chairship of the BRICS, which would be the third BRICS Presidency for the country since its inception, after 2012 and 2016, and will host the 13th BRICS Summit in 2021, the statement said.

This will be Modi’s second encounter with the Chinese President in recent times, after both the leaders shared online space in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

The summit will discuss cooperation prospects and international agenda mentioned by the Russian foreign ministry on Monday.

“The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will discuss the current state of cooperation within the body and its prospects, they will exchange opinions on pressing issues on the international and regional agenda, they will recap the results of Russia’s BRICS presidency this year, and also coordinate positions in light of the G20 summit, scheduled for November 21-22.”

The summit is being held along the sidelines of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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