MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. Representatives of BRICS (an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries are geared to continue cooperation in key areas of strategic partnership, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday after a meeting of BRICS Sherpas and Sous-Sherpas held from January 31 - February 3 in South Africa.
The Russian delegation was led by Russia’s Sous-Sherpa, Ambassador at Large Pavel Knyazev.
"The sides reiterated their commitment to further work on key areas of strategic partnership between the five nations in the spheres of politics and security, economy and finance, culture and humanitarian ties," the ministry said.
According to the ministry, the South African partners outlined the priorities of their presidency in the association in 2023 during the meeting, namely promoting multipolarity, reforming global governance institutions, economic revival in the post-pandemic period, and ensuring sustainable development, including through the development of the potential of the African continental zone of free trade. Apart from that, participants in the meeting stressed the importance of closer cooperation for the purpose of equal and fair energy transition and addressing climate change problems, as well as reforming education and expanding women’s participation in peace settlement processes. "Participants discussed issues of institutional construction in the BRICS format," the ministry indicated.
The Russian side noted "the importance of the implementation of a comprehensive system of early response to the risks of mass infectious diseases, the establishment of the UNIDO facility for industrial skills, a BRICS medical association and a corresponding journal, and of closer cooperation in the spheres of nuclear medicine and sports," the ministry added.