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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Chairs the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the Margins of the UNGA

On September 20, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York of the US. Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawad Akbar of India, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashaban of South Africa, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Foreign Minister José Serra of Brazil attended the meeting.

Wang Yi said that the BRICS cooperation mechanism was established as a marked feature of the global multi-polarization as the time requires. It carries not only expectations from the people of BRICS countries, but also those from emerging markets and developing countries. In face of the complicated international situation, we should stay confident and determined to handle challenges together, give firm support to each other and launch innovation cooperation in order to let the BRICS cooperation burst out stronger vitality.

Firstly, BRICS countries should staunchly safeguard world peace. In recent years, with efforts of all sides including BRICS countries, the Syrian issue didn't repeat the tragedy in Libya and has stepped into the path of political settlement. The purposes and principles of the UN Charter have been maintained and an increasing number of countries are offering their support in establishing a new model of international relations with win-win cooperation as the core. We need to continue to promote dialogues and negotiations and solve hotspot issues through peaceful and political measures.

Secondly, BRICS countries should focus on leading global growth. With the support from BRICS countries, the G20 Hangzhou Summit has achieved a complete success, charting the course for the global economy. We should take the lead in implementing the summit outcomes, continuously strengthen inherent dynamism, build up late-developing advantage in the new round of scientific and industrial revolution, and remain to be the engine for global economic growth.

Thirdly, BRICS countries should advocate international cooperation in development. BRICS countries are active promoters behind global development partnership. The Hangzhou Summit formulated the G20 Action Plan for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and proposed the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialization in Africa and the Least Developed Countries, making Hangzhou summit the one that highlights development most and yields the richest outcomes in development. BRICS countries should proceed to improve the global development partnership and urge developed countries to fulfill their promises in supporting developing countries.

Fourthly, BRICS countries should advance reform on global governance. The global governance system should comply with the international reality of developing countries' collective rise and reflect the changed international political and economic landscape. The consultation and decision making based on equality between developing and developed countries stand for historic progress. We should continue to boost reform on global economic governance and elevate the representativeness and voice of emerging market countries and developing countries.

Wang Yi stated that after a decade of development, the BRICS cooperation has gradually grown in strength, forming an all-round and multi-layered cooperation framework that covers extensive areas and setting an example for cooperation among emerging market countries and developing countries. Next year China will assume the rotating presidency of the BRICS mechanism. Standing at a new historic starting point in the BRICS cooperation, we hope that all parties can join hands, stay true to the mission, and strive forward to compile the great article of the BRICS cooperation. The train of the BRICS that carries the dreams of all five countries will set out once again with stronger impetus and faster speed to reach longer distance.

Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawad Akbar of India expressed that BRICS countries should condemn terrorist attacks together and join efforts in combating terrorism. All countries should ratify the Paris Agreement as early as possible and fulfill relevant commitments on emission reduction. All parties should deepen the BRICS cooperation and support such initiatives as the BRICS credit rating agency, the New Development Bank Academy and the agricultural network.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa said that the BRICS cooperation has already gained historic achievements and should continue its leading role in promoting world economic growth and implementing the sustainable development agenda. All sides should make concerted efforts to push forward the reform on global governance and cope with global challenges together.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia noted that BRICS countries should continue promoting the establishment of a fairer and more just international order and stepping up coordination and cooperation in major political and economic issues, so as to tackle all kinds of global challenges together and build a favorable environment for the development of all countries. This year has witnessed effective cooperation in fields including people-to-people and cultural exchanges, agriculture, railway and tourism among BRICS countries. It is hoped that those cooperation can be further deepened.

Foreign Minister José Serra of Brazil stated that the BRICS Goa Summit is expected to yield positive results and further deepen the economic partnerships among BRICS countries. BRICS countries should reinforce cooperation in innovation, digital economy, poverty reduction, public health and other areas. It is hoped that the summit to be held in China next year can further strengthen exchanges and dialogues between the BRICS and other countries.

All sides also exchanged views on such issues as the G20 Hangzhou Summit, international counter-terrorism cooperation, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, climate change, the Middle East situation and peacekeeping in Africa.

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