Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday take part in the 12th BRICS or Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa summit that will take place virtually.
A ministry of external affairs statement said, “During the 12th Summit, held in the backdrop of the 75th Anniversary of UN and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders would be discussing intra-BRICS cooperation and key issues in the global context” which includes– reform of the multilateral system, COVID-19 pandemic, Counter-Terrorism, trade, health, energy, among others.
The summit that will start at 4.30 PM will see the Indian PM and Chinese President sharing platform amid the ongoing standoff at the Line of Actual Control. Both leaders had shared the SCO or Shanghai cooperation Organisation virtual platform earlier this month. In that summit, PM Modi had called for the need to “carry forward with the core principles respecting each other’s sovereignty, and Territorial Integrity.”
The remarks come in the backdrop of increased aggressiveness by the Chinese forces at the LAC that saw the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan in eastern Ladakh.