Brics countries have committed to greater economic and political co-operation at a meeting currently under way in Pretoria.
The meeting of Foreign ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is in preparation for the 10th Brics summit, to be held in Johannesburg next month.
South Africa’s minister of international relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, says lasting regional and international peace and security is a key requirement to Brics’ objectives of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
She says current challenges like the Syrian conflict and Europe’s migration crisis present an opportunity for Brics to position itself as a key role player in the global multilateral agenda.
“The Brics Forum must reassert its collective responsibility of providing new perspectives and solutions to the current international order. As we work collectively, not only in our interest but in also advancing the interests of our shared global community, we must do so with a view to protect the sacred and shared values of multilateralism and international law that underpin our union. The evolving world in which we live requires of us to keep track with its multifaceted and dynamic changes. We are also beholden to our resolutions and ensuring that we realise them in this changing world.”