♦ The BRICS meeting is chaired by India as the chair of the BRICS countries.
♦ It was attended by China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi; Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; South Africa’s Minister of International Relations, Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor; and Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Carlos Alberto Franco.
♦ During the ministerial meeting, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar highlighted key principles that guided BRICS.
♦ He also referred to international law and the UN Charter, which recognises the sovereign equality of all states and respects territorial integrity.
♦ He believes that only by formulating policies based on these principles can the expected changes be achieved.