Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President Ramaphosa, Friends, President Xi Jinping, President Temer, Prime Minister Modi, Colleagues,
Meeting in a narrow format, we have just noted – and I would like to recall this now again at the beginning – that during these days we are jointly marking the 100th birth anniversary of South Africa’s outstanding statesman Nelson Mandela. Throughout his life, he was promoting and defending the principles of equality, openness and justice.
I think we really have a right to say that Nelson Mandela’s ideas are reflected in the activities of our association. It is these principles that underlie cooperation between the BRICS states and it has acquired the nature of a truly strategic partnership.
The BRICS countries have been jointly opposing the strongest challenges and threats to peace and stability. They are cooperating on such matters as the fight against terrorism and extremism, illegal drug trafficking, and trans-border crime.
Let me point out that the association is uniquely positioned in the global economy. This is the world’s biggest market. Its combined GDP has reached 22.3 percent of the world figure and continues to grow.
In the economic sphere, the Five collectively tackle a number of important objectives, such as modernising industry, developing high technology, enhancing competitiveness, and improving living standards.
The South African BRICS Chairmanship has included the above lines in cooperation among its priorities, and these priorities have been taken into account by the BRICS countries in the course of their joint work this year. This work has undoubtedly been a success.
This also concerns the topic suggested for discussion at the current meeting.
To be continued.