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Wang Yi Attends Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs


On September 21, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs during the UN General Assembly held in New York. Foreign Ministers of Russia, Brazil, India and South Africa attended the meeting.

Wang Yi stated in his speech that the recent concluded BRICS Xiamen Summit was a complete success. Leaders of five countries decided to establish a closer, more extensive and comprehensive BRICS strategic partnership from a strategic and overall perspective, deepen practical cooperation in three pillars including economy, politics and people-to-people and cultural engagement, effectively promote the "BRICS Plus" pattern of cooperation, and usher into the second "Golden Decade" of BRICS cooperation.

Wang Yi pointed out at present, the primary task is to well implement the achievements of the BRICS Xiamen Summit, transform the political consensus of leaders into concrete actions and stride forward the goal of realizing greater connectivity in trade, investment, currency and finance, infrastructure, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The "BRICS Plus" pattern is a vital innovation in BRICS cooperation through summing up the beneficial practices in the past, which should be further promoted so as to build an open, stable and diversified network of partnership for development.

Wang Yi stressed that the BRICS countries are all important forces to safeguard the global peace and development, and should advance the political settlement of hotspot issues like the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Syrian issue and he Afghan issue. As an important engine of world economic growth, the BRICS countries need to maintain the multilateral trading system, strengthen the coordination of macro-economic policies, promote the reform of global economic governance, and commit to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. The BRICS countries need to safeguard the UN's central role in international affairs, continue to promote the cause of multilateralism, strengthen coordination on major international and regional issues, send out "BRICS Voice" more frequently, explore and propose "BRICS Plans", and take "BRICS Actions" in order to constantly increase the discourse right and influence of the BRICS countries.

Foreign Ministers of the BRICS countries congratulated on the fruitful achievements of the BRICS Xiamen Summit and the initiation of the second "Golden Decade", and appreciated the work done by China as the rotating presidency. Foreign Ministers emphasized on further deepening cooperation in all areas and strengthening coordination with other emerging markets and developing countries so as to make greater contributions to safeguarding the world peace and promoting common development. Foreign Ministers expected that the meeting in South Africa next year would be a success.

After the meeting, Foreign Ministers of all member states adopted the Press Communiqué of the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

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