Ethiopia Attends as BRICS FMs Meet in Expanded Format

Ethiopia has attended the BRICS foreign ministers meeting for the first time as a member of the economic alliance.

The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs met on Monday and Tuesday in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod, where they welcomes the active participation of the new members and assured continued support to their seamless and full integration into BRICS cooperation mechanisms.

At the Meeting, Foreign Minister Taye Atske-Selassie Taye emphasized that Ethiopia greatly values its BRICS membership and highlighted various measures his country has taken to enhance its active role in the BRICS family in line with its national development priorities.

The importance of promoting collective solutions rooted in effective multilateralism and putting development at the center of the global discourse were given emphasis in the meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

FM Taye said that as the most pressing transnational issues cannot be addressed by any single institution alone, renewed and genuine global partnership is not a choice but a necessity.

The Minister further stressed the urgent need to retool multilateral institutions, and an increased development financing and debt relief, in order to address and accommodate the legitimate interests of developing countries.

He also reaffirmed Ethiopia’s resolve to the collective pursuit of peace and progress, inclusive and sustainable development, as well as effective multilateralism.

Taye’s Bilateral talks with FMs for the BRICS

On the sidelines of the meeting, foreign minister Taye held talks with his counterparts of three BRICS countries. The discussions that were aimed to strengthen partnerships were fruitful, according to MoFA.

Ambassador Taye and his Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged views on how to further deepen the ‘All Weather Strategic Partnership’ of Ethiopia and China in many areas of cooperation.
Taye also spoke with South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. The two sides also exchanged views on how to implement the strategic partnership agreement, the MoFA says.
In Nizhny Novgorod, Ethiopian FM Taye and his Russian FM Sergey Lavrov also discussed ways of strengthening their cooperation under the BRICS framework and reaffirmed their commitment to further expanding the historical bilateral ties between the two countries.

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