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Modi and Lula agree to strengthen ties between India and Brazil

Tokyo, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva agreed on Sunday to strengthen bilateral relations at a meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, the first between the two dignitaries.

Modi and Lula, who are participating as guests in the G-7 Summit, which closes on Sunday, reviewed the two countries’ strategic association and examined ways to strengthen it, mainly in sectors of defense production, trade, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, dairy and livestock, as well as in biofuels and clean energy, the Indian Foreign Ministry informed.

Both leaders highlighted the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and emphasized the need to organize a high-level meeting of business leaders.

They also discussed the development of Asia and Latin America and agreed on the importance of ongoing cooperation in multilateral platforms and the need to reform multilateral institutions.

According to diplomatic sources, the Indian prime minister expects to receive the Brazilian president at the G-20 Summit to be held in September this year.

Previously, Modi received his UK counterpart, Rishi Sunak, as part of his bilateral meetings parallel to the G-7 intergovernmental forum.

The parties reviewed bilateral strategic relations including taking stock of the progress in the India-UK FTA negotiations, and agreed to foster collaboration on trade and investment, science and technology, higher education and people-to-people ties.

In the same way, they discussed India’s incumbent presidency of the G-20 and Modi reiterated to his British counterpart the invitation to the upcoming summit of the organization.


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