Ufa, July 8
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ufa, Russia, on July 8 for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits. “I am hopeful of productive meetings & interactions at the BRICS & SCO Summits, forums we attach immense importance to,” Modi, who started his five-nation tour on July 6, tweeted. In addition to discussing BRICS’s Shanghai-based New Development Bank, headed by India’s K. V. Kamath, Modi is likely to take up Pakistan with Chinese President Xi Jinping. New Delhi has expressed dismay over China’s $46-billion “economic corridor” in Pakistan that passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, territory India claims as its own. Modi is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit, possibly cooling down months of renewed tensions.