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IBSA FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN PRETORIA

The ministers exchanged views on development cooperation and South-South cooperation. On this occasion, they adopted and jointly released the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Declaration on South-South Cooperation, to contribute to greater understanding of development cooperation as a common endeavour of the Global South.

The External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India, Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Lindiwe Sisulu, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, met in Pretoria on 4 June 2018 for an Informal Meeting of IBSA Foreign Ministers.

The ministers exchanged views on furthering IBSA cooperation during the year and considered proposed IBSA events planned for 2018 to 2019 to mark the 15th anniversary of IBSA. The ministers agreed to host these events in all three countries as well as on the margins of multilateral events/fora.

The ministers further agreed to enhance IBSA cooperation at multilateral fora.

They also agreed to continue to coordinate on South-South cooperation, including through their multilateral missions in the run-up to BAPA+40 (40th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action) events.

South Africa and Brazil thanked India for organising the meeting.

The ministers also thanked Brazil for the offer to host the Ninth IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in New York on 28 September 2018, on the margins of 73rd United Nations General Assembly and looked forward to a successful meeting there.

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