BRICS Summit - Family Ties on Shaky Ground?

There are rumours that President Vladimir Putin has expressed his displeasure at not being given a date for an official state visit to South Africa, promised by former president Jacob Zuma, while China's Xi Jingping was granted one. Confusion has reigned on the various sessions, particularly the Wednesday summit which is traditionally attended by all the BRICS leaders. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi almost snubbed the summit after the National Prosecuting Authority wrote him a letter earlier this month, saying they were investigating charges laid by the Muslim Lawyers Association related to human rights violations in Kashmir. With President Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm, the government is anxious for this BRICS Summit to end smoothly, however so far, behind the scenes wrangling makes one wonder...

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Michel Temer

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