Johannesburg, August 08, 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the next BRICS Summit to be held here in-person from August 22, the South African government has said, dismissing some media reports as “rumours” that the Indian leader will not take part in the meeting of the five-nation grouping.

The BRICS bloc – comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – brings together five of the largest developing countries of the world, representing 41 per cent of the global population, 24 per cent of the global GDP and 16 per cent of the global trade.

Briefing the media on South Africa’s preparations for the 15th edition of the summit, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor told journalists on Monday that the leaders of Brazil, China, India and host South Africa will participate in a range of discussions.