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BRICS foreign ministers call for cooperation on food security — joint statement

The Ministers recognized the importance of ensuring food security and nutrition, promoting rural development

NEW DELHI, June 10. /TASS/. Foreign ministers from BRICS countries reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening strategic partnership within the group, according to their joint statement following a meeting in Russia.

"They reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the framework of BRICS Strategic Partnership under the three pillars of cooperation - politics and security, economy and finance, cultural and people-to-people exchanges," said the statement that was released by the Indian Foreign Ministry. "They reaffirmed their commitment to the BRICS spirit featuring mutual respect and understanding, equality, solidarity, openness, inclusiveness, and consensus."

In other issues, the ministers pointed out the "importance of convergence of approaches to develop efficient and secure international transport corridors for BRICS economic growth."

"They emphasized as equally important the need to ensure the safety of current international transport corridors to prevent supply chain disruptions and ensure maritime transport security in accordance with international law," the statement said.

This is the first meeting of BRICS foreign ministers since the group expanded in 2023. The organization now includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia as full members. About 30 other countries want to cooperate with BRICS in one format or another.

The BRICS presidency passed over to Russia on January 1, 2024. It will last until the end of the year and includes more than 250 events that have a wide range of topics. The main event will be the BRICS summit in October 2024 in Kazan.