By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Ministers of the BRICS countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro on Friday to discuss arrangements for the eleventh summit of the bloc, scheduled for November 13-14 in the capital, Brazil.
The ministers reiterated support for international and national efforts to achieve an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace and reconciliation process and to build a peaceful, secure, united, stable, prosperous and inclusive country that exists in harmony with its neighbors, a joint statement of the summit reads.
They expressed their concern over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan particularly the increase in the number and intensity of terrorist-related attacks on the Afghan National Security Forces, the Government and civilians, the statement said.
They looked forward to the Presidential elections scheduled for September 2019, the statement added. The ministers agreed to further deepen BRICS three-pillar-driven cooperation in the areas of economy, peace and security and people-to-people exchanges.
The ministers reaffirmed the commitment to upholding and respecting international law and to an international system in which sovereign states cooperate to maintain peace and security, advance sustainable development and ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.