Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the annual BRICS Summit of (BRICS-Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa) group of five countries through video conferencing on Wednesday i.e., 9th September 2021. As stated by the Foreign Ministry, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will attend the meeting.
Many big issues including climate change are expected to be discussed at the BRICS Summit today. However, the most emphasis will be on the latest situation in Afghanistan. As stated by the Ministry of External Affairs, India has prepared an outline of priority areas for its presidency, in which combating terrorism is the priority. Along with this, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will also be discussed.
It must be noted that this is the second time that Prime Minister Modi will preside over the BRICS summit. Earlier in 2016, PM Modi had presided over the BRICS conference in Goa.
In the BRICS summit, China is expected to remain separate on the issue of Afghanistan, because the country is still supporting the Taliban, however, India and Russia India-Russia are united against terrorism. On Wednesday, the NSAs of India and Russia had a high-level meeting against Taliban terrorism in Afghanistan.
It must be noted that on Wednesday, China provided financial aid to the Taliban.
India expressed concern with Russia about Pakistani terrorist organizations present in Afghanistan, with which Russia agreed, while China had called representatives of the Taliban to Beijing for a meeting. India and Russia are taking a cautious step on the Taliban, while China is in favor of recognizing the Taliban, so considering if Modi and Putin talk about Afghanistan and terrorism in BRICS, China is very much likely to get get upset with the discussions.