Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS summit. The two leaders discussed a range of issues, including ways to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy, connectivity and people-to-people ties. “Met President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Brazil. Grateful to him and the people of Brazil for hosting the Summit. During our talks today, we discussed furthering cooperation in areas pertaining to the economy, connectivity and people-to-people ties,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
PM Modi invited Bolsonaro to the Republic Day, 2020. The Brazilian President has accepted the invitation with pleasure, according to an official statement.
“Both leaders agreed that on this occasion, the two countries can comprehensively enhance our strategic partnership,” it said.
Modi said that he looked forward to discussing matters relating to trade. He also outlined areas for potential investment from Brazil, including in areas of agricultural equipment, animal husbandry, post-harvest technologies and biofuels, the statement said.
The Brazilian President expressed his readiness and informed Prime Minister Modi that a large business delegation will accompany him to India, it said, adding that the two leaders also discussed other areas of cooperation including space and defence sectors.
Modi also welcomed the decision of the President to grant visa-free travel to Indian citizens. Earlier, PM Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Brasilia and discussed ways to further cement their special strategic partnership.
During the meeting, Modi said that "frequent meetings have strengthened our relations". The two leaders are meeting over two months after holding extensive talks in Russia's far east Vladivostok city on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) during which they discussed ways to further cement the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries.
On September 5, Modi said the friendship between India and Russia was not restricted to governmental interactions in capital cities, but was about people and close business relations.