Johannesburg: On the sidelines of BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
While meeting Putin he said, "I'm happy to have this opportunity to meet you (Putin)again. I'll always remember my visit to Sochi, especially the time we spent together. I think this demonstrates that friendship between India and Russia is moving forward in all its closeness," he said.
President Putin too took the oppurtunity to highlight that trade between the two countries had risen by 24 per cent last year.
"We are getting ready to visit India in October. Our efforts were quite successful and our mutual trade continued to grow," he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi also met Chinese President Xi Jinping and held delegation-level talks and underscored the need for strengthening bilateral relations between India and China.
This was the third meeting of the two leaders in less than four months.
President Xi too agreed to cooperate and work with India to seek guidance.
The three-day summit began yesterday with the BRICS Business Forum Meet.