India will chair the 13th BRICS summit to be held on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be involved in this in a virtual way. It is a coincidence that India is chairing the BRICS on its 15th anniversary. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will also participate in the summit.
The theme of this summit is Cooperation among BRICS for Sustainability, Consolidation and Consensus. However, the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan and the terrorist threat posed by that region will also be discussed in it. Sources said that important global and regional issues will be discussed in the meeting. Afghanistan will also be prominent in this.
The priority of the BRICS leaders to fight terrorism and prevent the use of Afghan soil by terrorist organizations can be underlined. Sources said the BRICS countries are likely to emphasize the need to deal with the humanitarian situation and uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities.
BRICS is a five-nation organization, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This is the second time that Prime Minister Modi will chair the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit. Prior to this, he had presided over the Goa summit in 2016.
The meeting will also be attended by India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, New Development Bank Chairman Marcos Trijo, Onkar Kanwar, Provisional Chairman of BRICS Business Council and Sangita Reddy, Provisional Chairperson of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance. India had outlined four priority areas for its presidency. These are reforming the multilateral system, countering terrorism, use of digital and technological tools to achieve the SDGs and increasing people-to-people exchanges.