Manmohan Singh arrives in Durban for BRICS summit

Durban, March 25 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here Monday for the 5th BRICS Summit to join over the next two days the other leaders of the bloc that comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Besides the BRICs leaders, notably China’s newly-elected President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Manmohan Singh is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with some African leaders on the margins of the summit.
The prime minister is accompanied by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, besides senior officials.
India hosted the 4th edition of the BRICS Summit last year and the prime minister is to now hand over the chair to the summit’s next host South Africa, led by President Jacob Zuma. He is also scheduled to call on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The prime minister returns home late Thursday.