26 July 201923:01

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Brazil Ernesto Araujo on the sidelines of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Council meeting, Rio de Janeiro, July 26, 2019


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Mr Minister,

Thank you very much for hosting this BRICS ministerial meeting. We really believe that it was a success. It was one of the most frank and open discussions resulting in a very good statement which confirmed that all the five countries are committed to multilateralism, international law, the role of the United Nations, and the UN Charter. We have developed common positions on quite a number of key issues on the international agenda.

Congratulations to Brazil, present BRICS president, for the success of this ministerial meeting. And we have no doubt that the summit that is going to take place in Brasilia in November will become another step in consolidating the BRICS format and making it a more active part of international discussions.

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