10 September 202113:30

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s video address to the participants at the BRICS International Youth Camp, September 10, 2021

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Friends,

I am glad to have a chance to welcome the participants at the first BRICS International Youth Camp.

Let me remind you that this initiative was proposed after the successful sixth BRICS Youth Summit held in Ulyanovsk last year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership of the region for contributing to the development of exchanges between young people of BRICS. In particular, the region has the Project Office for Russia – BRICS International Youth Cooperation aimed at supporting systematic interaction between our countries’ youth organisations.

BRICS is a truly unique multilateral format and an excellent example of innovative network diplomacy. Over 15 years, the organisation has come a really long way, and today it has become an essential part of the architecture of international relations. At the BRICS platform, countries that are different in terms of culture and civilisation can build relations based on the principles of equality, consideration of each other’s interests, mutual respect and openness to the outside world.

The youth dialogue continues to make a useful contribution in the expansion of the full-scale strategic partnership within BRICS and the promotion of friendship, trust and mutual understanding. The annual Youth Summit that I have mentioned has become a good tradition, as well as the Youth Energy Summit and forums of young parliamentarians and young diplomats. I would like to emphasise that all of these events are initiatives by young people and not some instructions from above.

In this context we believe that your congress will become another step on the path to further strengthening contacts between our people. Its busy agenda will help you to gain new knowledge and skills and find joint projects, as well as to observe the unique culture and traditions of our Motherland and, of course, make new friends. The key to success is your special energy, a creative, out-of-the-box approach to business, and a focus on results.

I wish you all new achievements, interesting meetings, fruitful discussions and all the best.

Thank you for your attention.

 

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