The President of South Africa sent his cabinet minister to welcome PM Modi. The report of South African online port Daily Maverick claimed that protest was raised from India. After which South African Vice President Paul Mashatile was sent to the airport to welcome PM Modi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa at midnight for his fourth state visit to the country. After arriving at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, Xi was greeted with cultural song and dance performances as well as a military parade by the South African National Defense Force (SANDF). He was received by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Let us tell you that PM Modi is also on a tour of Johannesburg for the 15th BRICS conference. But the President of South Africa sent his cabinet minister to welcome PM Modi. The report of South African online port Daily Maverick claimed that protest was raised from India. After which South African Vice President Paul Mashatile was sent to the airport to welcome PM Modi.
PM Modi refused to get off the plane
Reports state that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to disembark from his plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base because the South African government sent only a cabinet minister to officially welcome him. In contrast, President Cyril Ramaphosa personally lined the street to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping upon his arrival on Monday evening. Finally, Ramaphosa immediately dispatched Deputy President Paul Mashatile to receive Modi at Waterkloof from the Union Buildings where formalities were taking place for Xi.
Xi Jinping’s State Visit
The report said that Xi undoubtedly remained at the center throughout the day. To start things off, he was allowed a brief state visit in the morning before the start of the BRICS summit. This was his fourth state visit to South Africa. His presence for state visits has been seen during the last two BRICS summits held in the country in 2013 and 2018, as well as when he co-chaired the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2015 with Ramaphosa. Beyond the state visit, Ramaphosa awarded Xi the Order of South Africa, the country’s highest official honour. Additionally, the two leaders are set to jointly chair an exclusive roundtable discussion in the company of several African leaders attending the BRICS summit, for an outreach session with the BRICS leadership.