Foreign ministers of the BRICS-member countries vowed on Monday to work together to address the global challenges, particularly terrorism and climate change.
”We will continue to work together to address global challenges like terrorism and climate change,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a press conference after a two-day BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting here.
BRICS is a group of emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa with China as the rotating host this year.
Xiamen, a booming capital city of Fujian province, has been chosen to host the 9th BRICS Leader’s Summit in Sept. 3-5 this year.
During meeting, the BRICS foreign ministers deplored terrorism as another report of terrorist attack hit London mosque on Monday, reportedly killing one person and injuring 10 people.
”Everyone agrees that terrorism is a common enemy of mankind. Everybody is fully concerned about these threats of terrorism,” India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Signh said, adding terrorism is one of the most potent global menace.
The BRICS foreign ministers also support the United Nations’ central coordinating role in the international counter-terrorism cooperation to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories.
Wang said BRICS countries believe terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be condemned and actions must be taken to prevent it from spreading and stop from harming countries.
The ministers highly valued the 2nd BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group Meeting held in Beijing last May 18, calling to expedite the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN General Assembly.
The ministers, meanwhile, stressed the need for developed countries to fulfill their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
”We are carrying consideration weight in the international stage. We need to act together specially in combating global warming. We need to implement the Paris Agreement well,” Brazil Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said.
”Brazil, like other BRICS members, have expressed our concerns specially vis-à-vis US announcement of withdrawal from Paris agreement,” he added.
The ministers also exchanged views on economic and financial issues of importance and mutual concern, as well as cooperation within BRICS.
”We all agreed that BRICS should propel unity and cooperation among the emerging market and developing countries. BRICS cooperation do not belong only to five countries but it belongs to all emerging markets and developing countries,” Wang said.
Wang said BRICS would continue to focus on three pillars of cooperation: political security, economic and finance, and people-to-people exchanges.
South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov thanked China for hosting BRICS meetings, including the 9th Leaders’ Summit in September.
Nkoana-Mashabane thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese government for hosting this year 9th BRICS Summit themed “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”. (JFM/PNA)