14:43 GMT16 April 2021
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    A proposal for the first BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) youth forum to implement a visa-free regime to develop youth tourism within the BRICS member states has been submitted to the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Russian Civic Chamber official said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The initiative was launched by the Russian Union of Youth during the forum, which stated that a visa-free regime would contribute to increased tourism within BRICS states, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

    "We have sent a couple of letters to [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov to the Foreign Ministry asking them to consider the proposals made by the forum participants and work on them," Elena Sutormina said at a press conference at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

    Following the decision for visa-free youth travel, an all-age category visa-free proposal will be made, the Russian Union of Youth stated at the forum.

    Following the forum, delegations submitted proposals to their corresponding government ministries.

    The BRICS/SCO youth summit was held in the Russian city of Ufa July 26-29.

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