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BRICS: Presidents of Russia, Brazil and South Africa reach Goa; Day 1 schedule

Speed News Desk | First published: 15 October 2016, 11:28 IST
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Presidents of Brazil and South Africa, Michel Temer and Jacob Zuma respectively, have arrived in Goa for the BRICS summit.

Putin's arrival in Goa was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state.

The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1 am at INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to Dabolim Airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region, sources in the naval base told PTI.

Several Union and Goa government officials were camping at the base since last night to welcome the Russian President.

Also read: India looks forward to mount diplomatic offensive against Pakistan at BRICS meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa last night and was welcomed at the INS Hansa base by Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza.

The Prime Minister was later taken to the venue in Benaulim where he was welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Here is the schedule of Day 1 at BRICS Summit:

​11 am - 12 pm

Restricted talks between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Modi

12 pm - 1 pm

Delegation level talks between India and Russia

1:05 pm - 3 pm

Exchange of agreements and media briefing

1:10 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping to arrive in Goa

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm

Bilateral talk between India and China

7:10 pm

Official BRICS dinner

The schedule may be tweaked a bit after Putin's delayed arrival.

Also Read: PM Narendra Modi likely to raise NSG, Masood issues with Chinese President Xi

- - With PTI inputs

First published: 15 October 2016, 11:28 IST
 
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