Summit of BRICS countries to start in Brazilian capital on Wednesday

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13 November 2019

The two-day 11th summit of BRICS member states — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will begin in Brasilia on Wednesday and will gather the leaders of the international association, which is aimed at the promotion of multipolarity on the global scene, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The event is taking place in Brazil as it holds the rotating presidency of BRICS this year. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro will take part in the summit alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, their South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The leaders of the five emerging economies are expected to hold a meeting in an open format and discuss the cooperation on economic development, the issues of strategic partnership of the BRICS member states, investments and mutually beneficial projects.

Putin will speak about the priorities of Russia's 2020 presidency of the association that include a "harmonious transition" from Brazil's chairmanship and strengthening the strategic partnership of the BRICS countries.

Russia also aims to enhance coordination between the BRICS states in the United Nations and calls against the use of military power without the consent of the UN Security Council, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote in an article for media of BRICS countries.

Moreover, a series of separate bilateral meetings will be held on the sidelines of the summit. On Wednesday, Putin will meet with Modi and Xi, while on Thursday the Russian president will meet with his Brazilian counterpart.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will also attend the meeting of the BRICS Business Council and the BRICS Business Forum and will be briefed on the results of the council’s work.

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