PM Modi, South African President Ramaphosa talk about regional & multilateral problems with mutual curiosity

PM Narendra Modi in a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, in Johannesburg, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.

PM Narendra Modi in a gathering with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, in Johannesburg, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a bilateral assembly with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa throughout which they reviewed the progress made in bilateral ties, exchanged views on regional and multilateral points and likewise on methods to work collectively to strengthen the voice of the World South.

PM Modi met President Ramaphosa in Johannesburg on the sidelines of the fifteenth BRICS Summit.

“Each leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral relations between the 2 international locations and expressed satisfaction on the progress achieved in numerous fields together with defence, agriculture, commerce and funding, well being, conservation and people-to-people ties,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) stated in a press launch.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Ramaphosa additionally exchanged views on continued coordination in multilateral our bodies and regional and multilateral problems with mutual curiosity. Mr. Ramaphosa expressed full assist for India’s G20 presidency and appreciated India’s initiative for giving the African Union full membership of G-20, the discharge stated, including that the president conveyed that he seemed ahead to visiting New Delhi for the G-20 Summit.

The G-20 Summit will probably be held in New Delhi from September 8-10. It will likely be the first-ever G20 summit to be held in India in addition to in South Asia.

Mr. Modi congratulated Ramaphosa on the profitable internet hosting of the BRICS Summit and accepted the President’s invitation to pay a state go to to South Africa at a mutually handy date, the discharge stated.

Prime Minister Modi, who’s on a three-day go to to South Africa and Greece, reached right here on Tuesday on the invitation of President Ramaphosa to attend the fifteenth BRICS Summit being held underneath the South African Chairmanship from August 22-24.

“Had a superb assembly with President @CyrilRamaphosa,” Modi tweeted after the assembly held forward of the BRICS Summit.

“We mentioned a variety of points aimed toward deepening India-South Africa relations. Commerce, defence and funding linkages featured prominently in our discussions. We are going to preserve working collectively to strengthen the voice of the World South as properly,” he stated, sharing some pictures of the assembly.

The World South is mostly seen as house to Brazil, India, Indonesia and China, which, together with Nigeria and Mexico, are the biggest Southern states when it comes to land space and inhabitants.

“BRICS has been pursuing a robust cooperation agenda throughout numerous sectors. We worth that BRICS has turn into a platform for discussing and deliberating on problems with concern for the whole World South, together with improvement imperatives and reform of the multilateral system,” Mr. Modi stated in New Delhi earlier than his departure for Johannesburg.

The Summit, he stated, will present a helpful alternative for BRICS to determine future areas of cooperation and evaluate institutional improvement.

That is the primary in-person BRICS Summit after three consecutive years of digital conferences due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Modi attended the Leaders’ Retreat alongside together with his counterparts from China, South Africa and Brazil.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not travelled to Johannesburg for the annual summit of the BRICS nations comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“The Retreat which passed off in closed format, was a chance for the leaders to debate world developments and methods for leveraging the BRICS platform to seek out options to world challenges,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) stated in a press launch.

Throughout his keep in Johannesburg, Modi may also take part in BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue occasions that will probably be held as a part of the BRICS Summit actions.

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