Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to the 3rd BRICS and SCO Student Spring International Festival organisers and participants
Allow me to cordially welcome the organisers and participants of the 3rd BRICS and SCO Student Spring International Festival.
By bringing together young and motivated people, the Festival has become a popular venue that facilitates the development of business, cultural and humanitarian ties. It is no coincidence that this is the second festival sponsored by UNESCO.
These efforts deserve profound respect. Youth exchanges are making an important contribution to strengthening the foundations of interstate relations, promoting a positive, forward-looking international agenda, and maintaining an atmosphere of peace, friendship and trust between nations.
BRICS and the SCO are multilateral associations of a new type that conform to 21st-century realities. Enhancing cooperation in these formats is one of the absolute priorities of Russia’s foreign policy. I am confident that the implementation of the meeting’s packed programme will make it possible to exchange best practices, establish contacts useful for all sides, and conceive new unconventional initiatives. And, of course, the participants will be able to familiarise themselves with the rich historical heritage of the Stavropol Territory.
I wish you every success in your work and all the best.
Moscow, June 4, 2019