#SouthAfrica #travel India: Zuma invites Putin to South Africa for state visit during BRICS Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma voiced their commitment to coordinate on “concrete matters” within the BRICS, during a meeting on the side-lines of the BRICS Summit in Goa, Saturday.

Jacob Zuma congratulated Putin on his success in parliamentary elections, recently held in Russia. The Zuma also invited Putin to South Africa next year for an official state visit to “strengthen our relations,” adding “I think it is important for a number of reasons that you visit South Africa.”

The 8th BRICS Summit, that will take place in Goa on October 15 and 16, brings together the delegations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to discuss cooperation within the organisation on a wide range of issues.

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Respected Mr. President, respected friends and colleagues. I am very pleased to see you. I would like to mention and emphasise once again that the relationship between our countries are developing as we planned, in principle. The situation is not easy, but in general we are overcoming these difficulties. And it is very good that the Republic of South Africa joined the organisation that would have been called BRIC, but now it is called as BRICS. We will hope that it will be able to deal with concrete matters and to deal in economic areas apart from the coordination of the positions of general policy.”

SOT, Jacob Zuma, South African President (English): “Thank you Mr. President. I am also very happy to have this opportunity to meet. I must first congratulate you for winning the Douma elections and also by increasing the majority, well done indeed. In this time when the globe is very complicated, as you correctly say, I would like just from the beginning, I know that we talked about a state visit, I want to invite you to visit South Africa next year to strengthen our relations. I think it is important for a number of reasons that you visit South Africa.”

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