Pretoria, Jul 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-nation tour, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday ahead of the 10th BRICS Summit beginning in Johannesburg on Thursday.
“Good evening South Africa! PM Modi arrives at the Waterkloof air base to a warm welcome. PM will attend the 10th BRICS Summit and related meetings in Johannesburg and several bilateral meetings on the sidelines,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
“After successful bilateral visits to Rwanda and Uganda, PM Narendra Modi landed in South Africa to take part in the BRICS Summit,” Office of the Prime Minister tweeted.
Modi will attend the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, during which the grouping’s leaders are expected to deliberate on global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others.
He is also expected to meet several leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Earlier, Modi had visited Rwanda for two days on the first leg of his visit. On Wednesday, while addressing Parliament of Uganda, he said that a Gandhi Heritage Centre would be built in order to pay homage to the Father of the Nation to remind everyone of Africa’s role in shaping his mission. Modi added that the centre would be built at Jinja, next to the statue of Gandhi.
BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
India’s relations with South Africa date back several centuries. India was at the forefront of the international community in its support to the anti-apartheid movement.
This year marks 25 years since the resumption of India’s diplomatic relations with South Africa in 1993. This year also marks the 125th year of the Pietermaritzburg railway station ‘incident’ involving Mahatma Gandhi.
The South African Indian-origin community numbers around 1.5 million and constitutes about 3 per cent of South Africa’s total population.
(Inputs from PTI)