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Chinese FM attends BRICS foreign ministers' meeting


15:15, September 24, 2011

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, and Jerry Matthews Matjila, South Africa's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, (from L to R), join hands after their meeting in New York, the United States, Sept. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi attended a meeting of foreign ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and met respectively with his Russian and Nigerian counterparts here on Friday.

During the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Yang noted that great progress has been achieved in the cooperation among BRICS countries since 2011, and that the organization's prospects are good.

He said the BRICS countries should fully implement the Sanya Declaration and the action plan issued at the BRICS Leaders Meeting in April 2011, deepen coordination and cooperation in major international issues and make good preparations for the fourth meeting of leaders from BRICS countries.

The foreign ministers of the five BRICS countries agreed to further enhance practical cooperation and improve coordination in international affairs. They also exchanged views on the issues of Libya, Syria, the Palestine-Israel conflict, the international financial system reform, climate change, sustainable development and anti-terrorism.

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Yang said China is willing to further promote its bilateral strategic cooperative partnership with Russia, prepare for high-level exchanges this year and enhance cooperation with Russia in the United Nations (UN) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Lavrov said Russia attaches great importance to bilateral relations with China and is willing to further promote strategic cooperation with China in all areas and at all levels.

The two ministers agreed to solve the Syria issue through dialogue and peaceful consultation. They also exchanged views on the Palestine-Israel conflict, Afghanistan, the upcoming Cannes G20 Summit and the East Asia Summit.

During talks with Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru, Yang noted that China is ready to work with Nigeria to further enrich political mutual trust, push for the smooth development of economic and trade cooperation within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and support the positive influence of the African Union in ensuring the peace and stability of Africa.

Ashiru said Nigeria continues to adhere to the one-China policy, welcomes China's investment in Nigeria and hopes to enhance cooperation with China in the United Nations and the FOCAC. They also discussed several issues, including the Durban Climate Change Conference.

Yang also attended a working breakfast Friday morning, where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

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