India today declined to confirm whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen city of China on 3-5 September 2017.
On a specific question whether Prime Minister Modi is participating in the BRICS summit and what are the chances of bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar in his regular press briefing today stated, “First I have to confirm whether Prime Minister is really going to China and then I will come to the next step about the meeting. There are established mechanisms about the announcement of the visit of the Prime Minister to any country. At this point of time, I am not in a position to announce and will share as and when I get the information.”
In the previous BRICS summit in 2014 (Brazil) and 2015 (India) Prime Minister Modi had bilateral discussions with President Xi Jinping.
However, no bilateral meeting took place on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany because of the Doklam standoff.
If no progress is made on the Doklam standoff before the BRICS summit on 3-5 September 2017, all eyes will be on whether Prime Minister Modi participates in the BRICS summit and whether bilateral meeting with President Xi is held.