BRICS leaders set for Goa summit

BRICS Leaders
BRICS Leaders

The heads of government of the five BRICS emerging economies are set to meet for a two-day summit this weekend in the southern Indian state of Goa, a popular tourist destination known for its beaches.

BRICS comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Observers expect host India to use the summit in part to politically isolate its neighbour and archrival Pakistan.

India seeks to terrorism to the summit agenda, the foreign ministry in Delhi said.

Tensions between Delhi and Islamabad have flared over a militant strike on an Indian army base in Kashmir that left 19 soldiers dead.

India claims Pakistan supports and encourages rebels and separatist leaders but Islamabad has consistently denied the charge.

Both India and Pakistan administer separate portions of Kashmir but claim the region in its entirety.

BRICS leaders will also meet with the heads of state of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Bilateral Indian-Russian and Indian-Brazilian meetings are also planned.

Annual BRICS summits were launched in 2009.(dpa/NAN)




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