Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Brazilia on the margins of the Sixth BRICS Summit. Although it is not a bilateral visit, President Rousseff, in a special gesture, received Prime Minister Modi with full military honours at the Presidential Palace before their meeting over breakfast.
Prime Minister Modi warmly congratulated President Rousseff and the people of Brazil for an excellent FIFA World Cup, which showed the world Brazil’s excellent organizational skills and warm hospitality. He thanked President Roussef for a well organized and successful BRICS Summit, and, in particular, arranging a meeting for BRICS with South American leaders.
He described the sixth Summit hosted by Brazil as a historic one, which had produced two important agreements – the New Development Bank and the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement – and lauded President Rousseff for her guidance during the Summit.
Prime Minister described Brazil as a key global partner for India. He noted that as two democracies and major emerging economies, India and Brazil not only had vast potential for bilateral cooperation, but also to strengthen each other in international forums and advance the interests of the developing world at large. He also noted that Gujarat had emerged as a prime driver of India’s economic relations with Brazil.
President Rousseff emphasised the special place this relationship enjoyed in Brazil’s foreign policy, because of the potential for bilateral cooperation and the international significance of their partnership. She congratulated Prime Minister for his impressive victory in the election and wished him all success for India’s progress and development.
The two leaders recalled the historical and cultural ties between the two countries, despite the distance, including the Gir cows that were brought to Brazil from India, the textiles and the fruits that came from India to Brazil in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The two leaders agreed to take steps to further expand and diversify trade and investment flows and deepen cooperation in agriculture and dairy science, conventional and renewable energy, space research and application, defence, cyber security and environment conservation. They also agreed to intensify their cooperation in international forums and multilateral institutions, including the G 20. As leaders of G 4 countries, Prime Minister Modi and President Rousseff called urgent progress on reforms of the United Nations, including the Security Council, by the time of the 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015.
Prime Minister Modi expressed hope that he would be able to visit Brazil on a full bilateral visit soon and invited President Roussef to visit India.
Following their meeting, the two sides signed three agreements:
· MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Environment
· Implementing Arrangement Establishing Cooperation in Augmentation of a Brazilian Earth Station for Receiving and Processing Data from Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Satellites:
· MoU on Cooperation in the Establishment of a consultation mechanism on mobility and consular issues.
16 July 2014