On 4th September 2020, Russia, the current chair of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) chaired the stand alone meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/ International Relations over a virtual platform through video conferencing.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov chaired the meeting with Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Union Minister of External Affairs of India, Ernesto Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, Grace Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa represented the respective BRICS countries.
Features of the Meeting:
i.The Ministers discussed the major regional and international issues in politics, security, economic, trade, financial and sustainable developments
They also reviewed the progress of the intra BRICS activities.
ii.They also Discussed regarding the mutual support of the initiatives and cooperation of the BRICS national at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA).
Click here for the joint statement issued at the meeting.
India in BRICS Meeting:
i.Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Union Minister of External affairs stressed the reforms needed to reflect the global realities and the opinion of the people.
ii.He also called for an expansion of the Both permanent and non-permanent categories of the UN Security Council.
iii.He mentioned that needs to increase the BRICS cooperation to counter the terrorism.
India extended its support to the chairmanship of Russia in 2020 and the forthcoming BRICS Leaders’ summit under the theme “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
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About Ministry of External Affairs(MEA):
Union Minister– Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State– V. Muraleedharan
Presidency– Russia(India will assume Presidency in 2021)
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
Theme– “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.