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BRICS Summit Brought Together World Leaders for Bilateral Talks

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EIRNS—In addition to setting the agenda for BRICS, with special emphasis on BRICS ongoing interaction with the African countries for an overall development and integration within the continent, the July 25-27 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg has brought together many African leaders and five BRICS nations’ leaders for bilateral discussions.

Among some of the meetings reported:

*Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on July 26. Xi said that China is ready to deepen friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields with Uganda in an all-round way and applauded Museveni for his long-term dedication to the promotion of the development of
China-Uganda relations as well as China-Africa relations, APO Group reported.

*Chinese President Xi Jinping met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 26 and said China is willing to consolidate and develop a closer development partnership with India. "We have provided a top-level design for bilateral ties in a macroscopic perspective and a timely fashion, which is conducive to mobilizing the positive elements of all sectors in both countries and uniting the wills of the 2.6 billion people of the two countries, so as to form a force that would push bilateral ties into the future," he said. Modi said he and Xi had met three times in three months, and that fully displays the high-level bilateral relationship the two countries enjoy.

*India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings today with the Presidents of Argentina and Angola on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit and discussed ways to boost ties, including in areas of energy and agriculture. Both nations are part of the BRICS Plus and BRICS Africa dialogues at the summit.

*Russian President Vladimir Putin met Modi on July 26 and said the friendship between India and Russia was deep-rooted. Modi was meeting Putin after their informal meeting in Sochi, Russia in May. The two leaders had also met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China, in June. "Wide-ranging and productive talks with President Putin. India’s friendship with Russia is deep-rooted and our countries will continue working together in multiple sectors,"

Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.

*Indian Premier Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa met on July 26. Addressing the media that evening, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said "among the areas the Prime Minister said the South African companies should be exploring in India are defense, food processing and health insurance. The two sides signed three agreements on cooperation in exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, setting up of Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Centre of specialization for artisan skills, and agricultural research and education.

*On July 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met and exchanged in-depth views on current international situation. The two heads of state also had dinner together on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Johannesburg. [RMA]

Read: Full text of President Xi’s speech at plenary session of BRICS Johannesburg Summit