MoS External Affairs meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Moscow expects meetings of the foreign ministers of the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to be held regularly, Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov said addressing the BRICS foreign ministers meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Wang was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency that "China and India are both major countries with great influence, and that they should boost cooperation in the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and all other multilateral frameworks to make contribution to peace and stability in the region and the world at large".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was unable to travel for health reasons. "India looks forward to strengthening and deepening its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue with China", he said, adding he looks forward for many interactions with Wang.

India last month skipped China's high profile Belt and Road Forum (BRF) under which CPEC comes.

At last year's BRICS summit in India, China was non-committal on including the names of terror groups like JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the BRICS' Goa Declaration.

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In the bilateral meeting with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Wang said the BRICS countries, faced with increasing uncertainties in the worldwide situation, should unite more closely and play a leading role in building a community of shared future for the mankind.

All the foreign ministers from the BRICS who would also call on Xi.

The BRICS Games features five BRICS member countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with 10 events up for grabs in three sports - men's basketball, women's volleyball and Wushu.

Singh made these comments days after China said it was opposed to "double standards" in fighting terrorism ahead of the first BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

"We are confident that the BRICS Summit will contribute to further development of partnership between our countries, enhancement of common efforts efficiency", Lavrov said at the opening of the BRICS foreign ministers meeting.

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