Narendra Modi to leave for BRICS summit on July 13

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the two-day summit of five-nation BRICS forum in Brazil on July 13 and will make a transit stop in Germany.

PTI| Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the two-day summit of five-nation BRICS forum in Brazil on July 13 and will make a transit stop in Germany.

Modi`s first participation in a multilateral meeting after taking over as Prime Minister will also give him an opportunity to meet with world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and heads of South American countries.

Summit host and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited leaders of South American nations including those from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuala and Suriname for the summit following the footsteps of South Africa which had invited African nations to the last year`s summit in Durban.
"Prime Minister Modi will leave on July 13," the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson told reporters here.

He added that Prime Minister will be making a transit stop in Germany but did not confirm whether any meeting has been planned with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
With an annual bilateral trade of more than 18 billion Euros, Germany is India`s biggest trading partner in Europe and a meeting between the two leaders assumes significance.