The leaders of the 5 BRICS nations had an informal meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on 7 July 2017. This was in run up to the forthcoming 9th BRICS Summit scheduled to be held in September 2017 in Xiamen, China.
During the meet, the leaders discussed preparations and priorities for the forthcoming Xiamen BRICS Summit. In addition, President Xi, the leader of the host country for the September Xiamen BRICS Summit said he looked forward to welcoming the BRICS leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was a participant of the meet mentioned that BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy. He stressed that G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors.
Referring to reforms in India, including the recent introduction of GST, PM stated that it was necessary to work together for sustained global economic recovery. He advocated collective voice against the practices of protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals.
Modi also reiterated India's commitment to implementing Paris Agreement in letter and spirit and described its implementation globally as essential for fighting the climate change.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister also called for expeditious action to establish BRICS rating agency and stated that cooperation on development of Africa should be a priority. He also called for greater people-to-people exchanges.
The Prime Minister appreciated momentum in BRICS under the Chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit.
Concluding the meeting immediately after PM's remarks, President Xi appreciated India's strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India's Chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016. He also appreciated India's success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success.
Interesting Fact about the informal meet:
The informal meet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping made news as the two leaders met with each other amid the harsh rhetoric from both sides over the border standoff. During this informal meeting, the two leaders had a conversation on a range of issues, said an external affairs ministry spokesperson.
Who: BRICS leaders
What: Had an informal meeting
When: 7 July 2017
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