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Xi Jinping Holds Group Meeting with Heads of Foreign Delegations for 7th Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues

On July 28, 2017, President Xi Jinping held a group meeting at the Great Hall of the People with Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev of Russia, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo of South Africa, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of India and Minister Sérgio Etchegoyen of the Office of Institutional Security of the Presidency of Brazil, who were in China for the 7th Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues.

Expressing congratulations on the successful completion of the 7th Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues, Xi Jinping affirmed the consensus reached and important political preparations made at the meeting for the BRICS Summit in Xiamen. Xi Jinping pointed out that BRICS cooperation has gone through a 10-year-long course, crossed the farthest distance in the world, overcome differences in development paths and social systems, and consolidated resolution and actions of the five countries in seeking stability, pursuing development and facilitating people's well-being. Enhancing BRICS cooperation not only protects and expands the interests of BRICS countries, but also carries out meaningful exploration for building a new type of international relations. In facing of the intertwined international political, economic and security situation and considering the common aspirations of the people of BRICS countries for exchanges and cooperation, economic and financial cooperation, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutual learning, as well as communication and coordination on security issues should all be pushed forward. Only in this way, can BRICS's path ahead stretch broader and broader, and lead to the future stably.

Xi Jinping stressed that China proposes the international community to make joint endeavor in promoting world economy onto a sustainable development path, and advancing economic globalization to develop in a fair, inclusive and sustainable manner, as well as fundamentally addressing such global issues as terrorism by means of development. It is the common interests and goals that brought the BRICS countries together. As long as we follow the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness, and win-win cooperation and build a closer BRICS partnership hand in hand, we will surely embrace the second golden decade of BRICS cooperation.

Leaders of foreign delegations conveyed sincere greetings from respective leaders to President Xi Jinping and expressed that under current situation, BRICS countries should cement solidarity and cooperation to jointly cope with challenges in economy and security areas such as anti-globalization and terrorism and to increase the influence of BRICS countries in global affairs. All parties expressed satisfaction with the success of the 7th meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues, emphasized their support to the initiatives put forward by China as the BRICS rotating presidency for enhancing cooperation among the five countries in broad areas, and expressed their willingness to intensify coordination with China to ensure the BRICS summit in Xiamen this year to achieve positive outcomes.

Yang Jiechi was present at the meeting.

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