Manmohan reaches Johannesburg for the IBSA Summit

November 14th, 2007 - 2:22 am ICT by admin  
Johannesburg, Oct 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday arrived in Johannesburg from the Nigerian capital Abuja to participate in the tri-nation, India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit.

India is likely to call for greater trade relations with South Africa and Brazil at the Summit and is leading a contingent of 75 industrialists, comprising representatives from different business bodies like FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM.

IBSA was formed in 2003 to promote South-South cooperation and dialogue.

Singh will also hold bilateral meetings with Presidents of South Africa and Brazil, Thabo Mbeki and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva respectively.

Both South Africa and Brazil are members of the 45-member Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).

However, with Singh already making it clear to the US President George W Bush that operationalisation of the bilateral nuclear deal would be ‘difficult’, there is little possibility that India would focus on nuclear subject.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, who is accompanying the Prime Minister, told reporters on board the special aircraft that the failure to operationalise the nuke deal would hurt India, as it would remain isolated from global nuclear club.

He also said that India would seek full integration with the global nuclear mainstream. (ANI)

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