Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest at next year’s Republic Day celebrations – an initiative that is being seen as part of India’s outreach to South America. He will be the third Brazilian president to be chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations after Fernando Cardoso in 1996 and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in 2004,the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Both leaders agreed that on this occasion the two countries can comprehensively enhance our strategic partnership, the statement said. India’s efforts to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation under the Brics framework have been backed by Brazil. The two countries have also worked closely within BRICS for focused consultations on terrorism. PM Modi made a strong pitch to woo BRICS business leaders for foreign investment in India. He said India is the world’s most open and investment-friendly’ economy and urged the business community to invest in the country’s infrastructure development. Indian PM Narendra Modi was also invited for the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin.