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BRICS special envoys discuss Syria, Iraq crises
April 13, 2017, 6:16 am

BRICS special envoys meeting on Middle East in Vishakapatnam, India, 11 to 12 Apr 2017 [GCIS]

A two-day meeting of BRICS special envoys on Middle-East concluded in India after discussions on coordinated approaches to the crises in Syria, Iraq and Palestine-Israel tensions.

This was the second meeting of envoys on Middle-East from the five-nation group which included deputy foreign ministers and top officials. The meeting was held in the southern Indian port city of Vishakapatnam from April 11-12.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov had separate bilateral meetings with China’s special envoy on the Middle East Gong Xiaosheng and South African Deputy Foreign Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo.

Talks “focused on the military-political situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya and prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement”, said a Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

Amar Sinha, a senior official at the Indian Foreign Ministry said the BRICS would work out an integrated approach to address these issues.

Earlier this week, Damascus has praised the “balanced stand” of the BRICS countries on the ongoing crisis.

“We are relaxed and happy with India’s stand from the beginning of the Syrian crisis. India’s stand was balanced as other BRICS nations.” Riad Abbas, ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic in India, said at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.



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