PM leaves for home after attending IBSA Summit in South Africa

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Manmohan Singh
Pretoria, Oct 18: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday embarked on a three-day visit to Pretoria to attend the trilateral India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit that is expected to be dominated by pressing global issues like the difficult economic scenario and UN-related matters.

During his visit, Singh will also have bilateral meetings with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South African President Jacob Zuma.

In his pre-departure statement, Singh said he looked forward to an "exchange of views with our IBSA partners on the current global economic and financial situation especially in the context of the forthcoming G-20 Summit in France".

The three leaders will discuss possible steps that need to be taken to address the economic situation, which has become difficult in view of the crisis in Europe, officials said.

The fifth IBSA summit of the three leading emerging nations of three different continents will take place on Tuesday.

Singh said the Summit is also expected to focus on coordination among IBSA countries in United Nations Security Council, sustainable development, the forthcoming meetings of the Conference of Parties under the UNFCCC and the Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol being hosted by South Africa later this year, the Rio+20 Conference being hosted by Brazil in 2012 and other matters related to deepening of cooperation under IBSA.

"It is a happy coincidence that during 2011, India, Brazil and South Africa are members of the United Nations Security Council. We have shown significant cohesiveness and coordination in our approach to issues under discussion in the Security Council," the Prime Minister said.

PTI

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