PM emplanes for New Delhi after wrapping BRICS Summit

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Reuters Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday emplaned for New Delhi after attending a "very productive" BRICS summit in Brazil during which the member nations held dialogues on cementing ties in trade, innovation, technology and culture.

Modi arrived in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia on Wednesday to take part in the two-day meeting of the five major emerging national economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

"The BRICS Summit in Brazil has been a very productive one. We had fruitful dialogues on cementing ties in trade, innovation, technology and culture. The focus on futuristic subjects will surely lead to deeper cooperation that will benefit the people of our respective nations," the prime minister tweeted.

This was the sixth time Modi participated in the BRICS summit, his first being at Fortaleza, also in Brazil in 2014.

"The bond of BRICS reaffirmed. PM @narendramodi emplanes for home after the successful conclusion of the 11th #BRICS Summit which saw BRICS countries expand their cooperation to new fields (and) set an ambitious course for themselves for leading the global future," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.

Modi also met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday and discussed a wide range of subjects.

"It was a delight to interact with my friend, President @CyrilRamaphosa during the BRICS Summit. We discussed a wide range of subjects during our interaction," he tweeted.

The prime minister also expressed gratitude to the people and the Brazil government "for the excellent hospitality" during the BRICS Summit.

"India looks forward to welcoming President @jairbolsonaro for the 2020 Republic Day celebrations!" he tweeted.

Modi on Wednesday invited Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2020 during their meeting on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit. Bolsonaro accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Brazil is the current chair of the grouping which represents over 3.6 billion people or half of the world population and they have a combined nominal GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.

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