PRESIDENTS OF RUSSIA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA ARRIVE IN INDIA FOR BRICS SUMMIT

The Presidents of Russia, Brazil, and South Africa arrived in the Goan capital on Saturday to attend the eighth summit of the BRICS countries this weekend.

With the arrival of the Presidents Vladimir Putin, Michel Temer, and Jacob Zuma, respectively, in addition to that of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the popular Indian seaside retreat, only the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping is awaited.

Upon arrival, Putin met with Modi in an ongoing official meeting following which announcements of cooperation agreements in defense and security are expected.

The Brazilian presidential spokesperson Alexandre Parola said on Friday evening that BRICS continues to maintain cooperation on various issues, particularly on finance, and that agreements on customs cooperation, agricultural research and environmental cooperation will be signed in Goa.

The BRICS forum, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, holds its eighth summit at a time when several of its members are experiencing economic crises, an issue that will command the attention of most discussions.

Accounting for about 43 percent of the world population, 30 percent of global GDP and 17 percent of world trade, BRICS seeks to explore alternatives for economic recovery in order to become a major engine of world development once again.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.