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Manmohan, others to brainstorm on Iran sanctions at BRIC, IBSA

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leaders of China, Russia and Brazil will brainstorm on several issues, including whether to toe the US line to back UN sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, as they gather in Brasilia for the four-way BRIC and IBSA summit.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 20:49 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leaders of China, Russia and Brazil will brainstorm on several issues, including whether to toe the US line to back UN sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, as they gather here for the four-way BRIC and IBSA summit.

Iran's nuclear issue and the controversy surrounding it will also be discussed under the BRIC format in Brasilia by Singh, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Brazilian President Lula da Silva.

The leaders will review the current scenario of global economy, climate change, terrorism and also discuss modalities for commercial and economic cooperation among the member countries. The IBSA Summit will take place tomorrow while the BRIC meet is slated for April 16.

Terrorism is also expected to figure prominently in the meet of the world leaders.

Iran will be part of "focussed agenda" of the BRIC Summit for the first time, said Parbati Sen Vyas, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

The issue will also be discussed under the IBSA format by Singh, Lula and South African President Jacob Zuma, said Vivek Katju, Secretary (West) in the Ministry.

Besides Iran, the 2nd BRIC Summit will discuss issues like international financial crisis, climate change, UN reforms and Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake recently.

After the IBSA Summit, India, Brazil and South Africa are expected to sign two trilateral MoUs. These are in the areas of solar energy and science and technology.

Iran will be part of "focussed agenda" of the BRIC Summit for the first time, Parbati Sen Vyas, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the MEA had said.

The issue will also be discussed under the IBSA format by Singh, Lula and South African President Jacob Zuma, Vivek Katju, Secretary (West) in the Ministry had said.

The US, UK, France and Germany have been pressing the BRIC to support fresh sanctions against Iran.

Brazil is a temporary UN Security Council member with no veto power, but it is one of Iran's biggest defenders at the world body's top table -- and therefore the focus for lobbying by the Washington and other Western capitals.