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    BRICS Foreign Ministers to Discuss Syria, Afghanistan on June 18-19 in Beijing

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    The foreign ministers of the BRICS countries will discuss the settlement of major conflicts, including in the Middle East and Africa, as well as countering threat of the international terrorism during a meeting in Beijing on June 18-19, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to attend the meeting, according to the ministry.

    "The meeting will focus on a wide range of the most pressing problems of maintaining international peace and stability, the world economy, the interaction and coordination of the approaches of the BRICS countries in the complex conditions of global turbulence. The ministers will hold an in-depth exchange of views on the problems of resolving acute international conflicts, including in Syria, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa, intensifying joint work to counter threat of the international terrorism," the ministry said in a statement.

    The ministry added that the countries were committed to the methods of collective resolution of crisis situations by political and diplomatic means, and joint resistance to new global challenges and threats.

    BRICS is an association of five developing economies — Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa — which comprises over one third of the world’s population. In 2017, BRICS is chaired by China. The 2017 BRICS Summit is scheduled to begin in September in Xiamen in the eastern Fujian province.

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