Jaishankar attends BRICS MFAs meet

Sep 23: External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, participated in the meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations on 22 September 2022. The meeting was chaired by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa Dr. Naledi Pandor as the incoming BRICS Presidency in 2023. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil Amb. Carlos Alberto Franco França, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Sergey Lavrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Wang Yi, led their respective delegations.

The Ministers exchanged views on major global and regional issues on the United Nations agenda in the political, security, economic, financial and sustainable development spheres, as well as on intra-BRICS activities.

They reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening and reforming the multilateral system, especially of the UN and its principal organs. They rejected double standards in countering terrorism and extremism. They called for an expeditious finalization and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. They committed to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States, stressed their commitment to the peaceful resolution of differences and disputes between countries through dialogue and consultation, and supported all efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of situation in Ukraine.

They acknowledged the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference Decision on the TRIPS Agreement to provide flexibilities to cover the production and supply of COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics. They called for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in a balanced and integrated manner. They stressed the importance of the fulfilment, delivery and urgency of developed countries’ commitments to provide credible, adequate, predictable, timely, new and additional financing and technology transfer to developing countries to combat climate change.

The Ministers extended their full support to South Africa for its BRICS Chairship in 2023 and the holding of the XV BRICS summit.

The Ministers adopted a Media Statement at the end of the meeting.

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