BRICS Ministers of Foreign Ministers Meet in China

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The Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, met in June 2017 in Beijing, China.

The Ministers commend the fruitful cooperation forged in the past and look forward to continued and positive cooperation among BRICS countries. They reiterate their commitment to the success of the Ninth BRICS Summit under the theme of “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.

The Ministers welcome the 2nd BRICS Consultation on UN Peacekeeping Affairs held in Beijing in July 2017.

The Ministers agree to enhance coordination and cooperation among BRICS on international and regional issues, safeguard justice at the United Nations and other international fora.

The Ministers reiterate that the only lasting solution to the Syria crisis is an inclusive “Syrian-led, Syrian-owned” political process which safeguard the state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, in pursuance of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254(2015).

The Ministers strongly support the Geneva Peace Talks and the Astana process, and welcome the creation of the de-escalation areas in Syria. They oppose the use of chemical weapons by anyone, for any purpose and under any circumstance.

The Ministers reaffirm their support to the process of “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” national reconciliation, the ongoing international efforts in support of achieving practical results in that regard, combating terrorism and drug-threat, and support the national reconstruction efforts.

The Ministers look forward to their meeting on the margins of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and welcome South Africa’s offer to host the next stand-alone meeting in 2018.

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