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PM to have ten bilaterals on sidelines of BRICS Summit

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi will have nearly ten bilaterals, including an annual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in three days in from October 15 on the sidelines of the five-nation BRICS Summit and BIMSTEC outreach meet.

Prime Minister Modi will meet Putin on Saturday for the annual summit and the talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to be held later that day. His summit with Brazilian President Michel Temer is scheduled for Monday.

While issues such as terrorism, economy and connectivity are expected to dominate the deliberations at the multilateral-level, bilateral meetings will see exploring ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of security, defence, energy and investments, officials said.

Apart from holding meetings with leaders of BRICS (-Russia-India-China-South Africa), Modi will have talks with Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Thailand. He will also have a bilateral with State Counsellor of Myanmar Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is arriving in on October 16 on her first visit to the country after assuming the office.

During Modi-Putin meeting, key issues of defence, security, civil nuclear cooperation, trade and investment are expected to dominate the talks.

Significantly, Indian envoy to Moscow Pankaj Saran had said that has conveyed its views to over its joint exercise with Pakistan, a nation which "sponsors and practises as a matter of State policy", and that it will create further problems.

The bilateral summit also comes at a time when is undertaking large-scale defence modernisation programme involving replacing old Russian equipment with modern ones from the country itself and from other nations.

Some of the most important defence deals currently under discussion are purchase of 5 S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile systems, Kamov-28 helicopters and upgradation of the Sukhoi 30-MKIs.

On nuclear cooperation, the two sides are working to

finalise a General Framework Agreement and a Credit Protocol for unit 5 and 6 under Kudankulam project and negotiations for the same are likely to be concluded during Putin's upcoming visit, officials said.

During Modi-Xi meeting, issues such as India's NSG membership bid and blocking the banning of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief and mastermind of Pathankot attack Masood Azhar by the UN are likely to be discussed by the Indian side, according to officials.

Ahead of their meeting, has indicated that it will not remove the technical hold it has placed in the UN Sanctions Committee on banning Azhar as it was opposed to anyone making "political gains in the name of counter- terrorism". However, on NSG, Chinese government has said it was "ready" to talk.

Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi had last met on the sidelines of G-20 in Hangzhou in September.

First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 17:43 IST