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New Delhi, Sep 6 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to chair the 13th BRICS Summit on September 9 that will see the presidents of the grouping’s other four countries — Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa — attending the virtual session.
The theme for the Summit is ‘BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’.
The meeting will be attended by presidents Jair Bolsanaro of Brazil, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa.
India’s National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, President of the New Development Bank, Marcos Troyjo, the pro tempore Chair of the BRICS Business Council, Onkar Kanwar, and pro tempore Chair of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance, Dr. Sangita Reddy, will present reports on the outcomes pursued this year under their respective tracks to the Leaders during the Summit, said an official statement.
India had outlined four priority areas for its 2021 Chairship of the bloc. These are Reform of the Multilateral System, Counter Terrorism, Using Digital and Technological Tools for achieving SDGs and Enhancing People to People exchanges.
In addition to these areas, the leaders will also exchange views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other current global and regional issues, the statement said.
This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be chairing the BRICS Summit.
Earlier he had chaired the Goa Summit in 2016. The Indian Chairship of BRICS this year coincides with the 15th anniversary of BRICS, as reflected in the theme for the Summit.
China has indicated that it could take discuss the Afghanistan crisis at the summit.