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Look forward to talks with China, honoured to welcome Putin: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to reach Goa on Friday for the upcoming eighth BRICS Summit, extended a warm welcome to participating nations and said India looked forward to finding common resolve and solutions.

8thBricsSummit Updated: Oct 14, 2016 11:51 IST
In this file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare to shake hands prior to their talks during the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia.
In this file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare to shake hands prior to their talks during the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia.(AP File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to reach Goa on Friday for the upcoming eighth BRICS Summit, extended a warm welcome to participating nations and said India looked forward to finding common resolve and solutions.

“The outreach with BIMSTEC leaders is significant. We hope to tap the huge potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring,” Modi tweeted. The two-day BRICS summit will be held from October 15 to 16.

The Prime Minister, in a tweet also welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Michel Temer of Brazil, who will also reach Goa on Friday. “India is honoured to welcome President Putin for the India-Russia Annual Summit, which will also take place in Goa,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“President Putin’s visit will give us an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia. (Brazil) President (Michel) Temer’s visit will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil, an important strategic partner,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Modi said that he looked forward to useful conversations with leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on key global and regional challenges. “As BRICS chair this year, India embraces a stronger emphasis on enhancing economic and people-to-people ties. This will benefit us greatly,” he said.

Both Putin and Modi will stay at the Taj Exotica while the other heads of state will be put up in other hotels.

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an inter-governmental organisation of which Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand are members.

“I am happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand,” Modi said in another tweet.

According to the reports, a joint meeting of the BRICS and BIMSTEC leaders will be held on October 16. India is also counting on the BIMSTEC in a bid to corner Pakistan after 19th SAARC summit which were scheduled in Islamabad were cancelled.