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BRICS foreign ministers and counterparts from “emerging markets and developing countries” discuss global governance

At a meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, the BRICS foreign ministers highlighted the importance of an inclusive global economy. Image: file.

The foreign ministers of the BRICS member states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are meeting today via video link, with the participation of their counterparts from “emerging markets and developing countries”.

The virtual meeting is chaired by the Chinese Minister, Wang Yi, and announced the previous day by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

The spokesman explained during a press conference that today’s talks will not be limited to representatives of the five countries of the organization, but will include their counterparts from “emerging markets and developing countries.”

Speaking of Beijing’s expectations, Wang predicted that The meeting will send “a clear message from the BRICS countries working together in solidarity, supporting true pluralism, and standing together in the fight against COVID-19 and promoting peace and development.”.

“As the 2022 BRICS chair, China hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with other BRICS partners on new features and challenges of the current international situation and major international and regional issues,” the spokesperson said.

He explained that similar previous meetings played an important role in enhancing mutual political trust and deepening political security cooperation between the five member states.

Concerning the participation of foreign ministers of third world countries, Wang did not specify the participating countries, but specified that the talks would be held in the BRICS + format.

The ministers will have an “in-depth exchange of views on global governance” and other issues“This dialogue will further strengthen solidarity, build consensus, and give emerging markets and developing countries greater participation in global governance to better protect common interests,” the spokesperson said.

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The The BRICS concentrate 40% of the world’s population, 20% of GDP and produce more than a third of the world’s grain production.

(With information from Russia Today)