Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, November 13, held bilateral talks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit. During the summit, PM Modi welcomed the decision of the Brazilian President to grant visa-free travel to Indian citizens. Modi stated, “I thank the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro for the decision to give Indians visa-free entry in the country.”
PM Modi invited Bolsonaro to the Republic Day, 2020. The Brazilian President has reportedly accepted the invitation, according to an official statement. "Both leaders agreed that on this occasion, the two countries can comprehensively enhance our strategic partnership," it said. PM Modi said he looked forward to discussing matters relating to trade. He also outlined areas for potential investment from Brazil, including in areas of agricultural equipment, animal husbandry, post-harvest technologies, and biofuels, the statement said. The Brazilian President expressed his readiness and informed Prime Minister Modi that a large business delegation will accompany him to India, it said, adding that the two leaders also discussed other areas of cooperation including space and defence sectors.
PM Modi on Wednesday further held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit. The two leaders exchanged views on multilateral issues including WTO, BRICS, and RCEP, apart from reviewing preparations for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China next year, aimed at enhancing people-to-people relations, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Chinese President Jinping conveyed his deep appreciation to the Prime Minister for hosting him at the second informal summit in Chennai and said he would not forget the welcome given to him by Modi and the people of India. The Chinese President also invited PM Modi for the third informal summit in China in 2020.
"Held talks with President Xi Jinping. Several subjects pertaining to deepening bilateral cooperation were discussed. Today's discussions will add new vigour to India-China relations," the Prime Minister tweeted after fruitful discussion with Jinping. The President also invited the Prime Minister for the third informal summit in China in 2020. The date and venue for which will be determined through diplomatic channels, the statement read.
The leaders also exchanged views on multilateral issues including WTO, BRICS, and RCEP. This is the second meeting between Modi and Jinping just a little more than a week after India pulled out of a mega trade deal in Thailand mainly because of its huge trade deficit. On November 4, India decided not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement as its key concerns have not been addressed. Earlier, the Prime Minister also held extensive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to enhance the strategic partnership between the countries.