Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday met members of the Indian diaspora in China at the Wyndham Hotel in Xiamen, ahead of the BRICS Summit.
In a Facebook post, PM Modi said, “I will visit Xiamen, China for the 9th BRICS Summit from 3-5 September 2017. India had the privilege of hosting the previous Summit in Goa in October last year. I look forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit.”
Modi is in China to attend the two-day 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit, set to start in Xiamen under China's Chairmanship.
The PM had earlier said he was looking forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes during the multilateral forum and said that he will also interact with the BRICS Business Council represented by captains of industry from all five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
The Prime Minister added, “In addition, I look forward to engaging with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, hosted by President Xi Jinping on 5 September. I will have the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the side-lines of the Summit.”
Highlighting the significance of BRICS, the Prime Minister said it has important contributions in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security.
In the post, the Prime Minister has stressed that India continues to attach very high importance to the role of BRICS and on his eagerness to engage with world leaders.
PM Modi posted, “India attaches high importance to the role of BRICS that has begun the second decade of its partnership for progress and peace. BRICS has important contributions to make in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security”.
He has also expressed his eagerness to interact with the people of Indian origin in Myanmar as he makes a first bilateral visit to India’s eastern neighbour after his trip to China.
In another Facebook post, PM Modi said, “I will visit Myanmar on 5-7 September 2017 at the invitation of His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. I am looking forward to meeting the President and also Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of President’s Office. I have had the opportunity for discussions with both dignitaries during their visits to India in 2016.”
The PM further said they will review developments in bilateral relations during the visit, especially the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar. They will also look at strengthening our existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture.
The Prime Minister added, “I am confident that the visit will open a bright new chapter in India-Myanmar relations and will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between our Governments, our business communities and at the people to people level.”