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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address BRICS Summit in South Africa today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome as he arrived in South Africa on a three-day visit to attend the BRICS Summit hosted by South Africa.

PM Modi arrived from Uganda’s capital Kampala, the first bilateral tour by an Indian Prime Minister since 1997.

He will participate in the BRICS Summit, whose theme this year is ‘BRICS in Africa’.

PM Modi will attend the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, during which the grouping’s leaders are expected to deliberate on global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others.

He is also expected to meet several leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Earlier, PM Modi had visited Rwanda for two days on the first leg of his visit.

BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.

India’s relations with South Africa date back several centuries. India was at the forefront of the international community in its support to the anti-apartheid movement. This year marks 25 years since the resumption of India’s diplomatic relations with South Africa in 1993. This year also marks the 125th year of the Pietermaritzburg railway station ‘incident’ involving Mahatma Gandhi.

The South African Indian-origin community numbers around 1.5 million and constitutes about 3 per cent of South Africa’s total population.

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