In the sideline of the BRICS Summit, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has met the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to boost Delhi bilateral relation with Cape Town and Moscow.
India aims to increase its trade with South Africa. In the bilateral meeting, the leaders of South Africa and India must have discussed the issues concerning trade and investment in details. Delhi also wants Cape Town to agree to increase the cooperation between both countries in the challenging sectors of defence, agriculture and IT.
Though the leaders have not publicised exactly what they have discussed during the bilateral meeting arranges in the sideline of the BRICS summit, there are reports that over three Memorandum of Understandings have been inked by both leaders.
As per the MOUs, both countries will strive to increase its cooperation in exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, in education sector and to set up Gandhi-Mandela Centre for artisan skills and agricultural research.
Meanwhile, in another major development, the Indian Supmreo have met the Russian President. At this moment, it is not clear what all the things the two leaders have discussed during the meeting.
Is BRICS a much-needed alternative to the west-backed multilateral organisations operating in the Asian continent?
Vignesh. S. G
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