The 15th summit of the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The summit, scheduled to take place from August 22 to 24, saw the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, upon the invitation of South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, reports the Hindustan Times.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chose to address the meeting virtually rather than attend in person, while Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the country at the event.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping opted to skip the key meeting, although he had arrived in South Africa ahead of his state visit.

This marks PM Modi’s third visit to South Africa, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between India and South Africa.

The current BRICS summit is being presided over by South Africa, with the theme for this year’s summit being: “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for mutually accelerated growth, sustainable development, and inclusive multilateralism.”

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