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Brazil in new Trilateral Solidarity group
January 8, 2013, 3:21 pm

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. [AP]

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. [AP]

The foreign ministers of Brazil, Sweden and Turkey have inaugurated the establishment of a new trilateral cooperation and consultation body to deal with global crises.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Brazilian FM Antonio Patriota announced the Trilateral Solidarity for Building Peace on the sidelines of the Fifth Annual Ambassador’s meeting in Izmir, Turkey.

“Representing three countries that are committed to playing increasingly active roles in their respective regions as well as globally, the Ministers underline their desire to deepen their coordination on a range of challenges that currently test the international community,” said an official statement from the group carried by Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.

The statement went on to say: “The Ministers, in this context, noting the strength they draw from their respective democracies, robust economies, geographical locations, regional engagement and global outreach, agreed to act in solidarity to build peace and promote common values.

“They reaffirmed that the geographical distance among their countries is shortened in light of the closeness of their ideas, views and aspirations.

“To this end, the Ministers decided to hold regular consultations that will bring them or their designated officials together to exchange views and harness efforts to help deliver progress on issues where their collective engagement can make a difference.”

The Ministers said they would hold regular meetings to discuss regional and global challenges such as the economic crisis, the political changes brought on by Arab uprisings, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The official statement said they would also look at press and Internet freedoms, reducing poverty and hunger, and climate change.

Patriota invited his counterparts to attend a trilateral meeting in Brazil in June 2013.

Source: Agencies