Brazil and the Republic of China have announced plans to host the upcoming South Asia Summit (SAAS) in 2019.

A joint statement from the two countries announced the South Asia South Asian Cooperation Summit, which is expected to be held in 2019, in which South Asia will take on the role of regional power.

Brazil’s foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, said the summit, to be organised by the SAAS and attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be the largest gathering of South Asian countries.

It is also expected to give rise to new opportunities and challenges for South Asia, he added.

The South Asia Group is a group of eight countries which have signed up to the South Asian Security Agenda.

The SAAS is a regional grouping comprising China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives.

In addition, Pakistan has already expressed its support for the summit.

The event will take place in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.