Modi, Sirisena hold talks on sidelines of BRICS summit

cu32ezrweaa0rl6Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena ahead of the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit in Benaulim, NDTV reported.

“Early morning bilaterals to begin a packed day of diplomacy. PM @narendramodi meets President @MaithripalaS of Sri Lanka for first engagement,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders.

As host of this year’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, India, as is the practice, can invite neighbouring countries to join in for an outreach summit.

Following last month’s cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers, India chose to invite countries belonging to the Bimstec grouping over those of SAARC.

Countries belonging to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) are India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed for the Uri attack and launched a diplomatic blitz to isolate Islamabad in the international community.

The invitation to Bimstec countries instead of the Saarc countries is being seen as another step in this direction.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Maldives are the members of the South Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that are also not members of Bimstec.

Following the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also pulled out of this year’s SAARC Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November citing Pakistan’s state sponsorship of terrorism as the reason.

Afghanistan and Bangladesh too followed suit citing the same reason while Sri Lanka held that a SAARC summit was not possible in India’s absence.

The BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit will be held here later on Sunday. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. BRICS is emerging organization of New world Order .

    That fact majority Sri Lankan has to keep in their mind.

    We are developing country, which that cater for the sustsnibility of an economic sovereignty is paramount for survival as our Nation.
    In the case of economic sovereignty goes to loose that impact of country political sovereignty of Our Nation become invalid in International community.

    As long as we lost both national terms political & Economic sovereignty ,we are no where in modern world.
    That is why we want ETCA timely stop sing by Govt. of Sri lanka and India. The proposed ETCA we are going lost Economic sovereignty.

    We urge that MS of President to Review of FTA between Indian and Sri lanka has not been touch by our Department of Commence last 16 years..

    We want BRICS is primary & principle need of development in future of an Island.

    SARRC has to be review summit meeting of Head of State in the earliest possible date as country of Non-aligned and as pioneer of Members of NAM.

    We cannot shifted or change Non-Aligned position of what ever cost of Nation Independency remain in our main pillar of Foreign policies.
    We are that NOT belongs to any power blocks and we remain as non-power block nation , that is reason that we have upheld Jumna Kashmir Right-of
    self -determination by support for Independent of People of Jumna Kashmir. People of Kashmir want liberation of their own people. That is key factors to gain Democracy in Jumna -Kashmir .

    That is the not a the conflict interest of India.
    That is ours Foreign policy towards peace and stability of South Asian countries.

  2. Can’t do anything with SAARC, but holding a BRICS summit to rule the world. South Asian leaders are jokers of the 21st century.

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