External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar while highlighting key points during the pre-BRIC The New Indian Express

Express press service

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, while highlighting key points during the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting (held virtually today), said members must respect territorial integrity . The statement comes at a time when reports based on satellite imagery suggest China has started building a second bridge across Pangong Lake.

“We have had talks at different levels with China, including when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India in March. “. We will continue to engage with China through diplomatic and military talks. We cannot comment on construction in occupied territory – we do not know if this is another bridge or an extension. from previous – we are monitoring and will share updates,” he added. “said Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi.

Meanwhile, at today’s BRICS FM meeting, Dr Jaishankar highlighted eight key points.

“The BRICS have repeatedly affirmed respect for sovereign equality, territorial integrity and international law. We must uphold these commitments,” Dr. Jaishankar said, adding that the BRICS must show tolerance. zero for terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism.

Other key points included seeking socio-economic recovery from the Covid pandemic and building resilient and reliable supply chains. The repercussions of the conflict in Ukraine have led to an increase in the prices of food, energy and raw materials. This needs to be mitigated for the developing world.

“The BRICS should unanimously and specifically support the reform of the UN Security Council. Together, we should push for a credible commitment of resources by developed countries for climate action and climate justice. A globalized and digitized world will enable transparency and sustainable goals need to be addressed,” said Dr Jaishankar. added.

The meeting was chaired by Chinese FM Wang Yi, Brazilian FM Carlos Alberto Franco Franca, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and South African Minister of International Relations Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor.

The ministers exchanged views on deepening intra-BRICS cooperation on the three pillars of politics and security, economy and finance, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Ukraine was also discussed and all ministers supported talks between Russia and Ukraine. They also expressed concern about the implications of the conflict on energy and food security.

The date of the BRICS Summit is not yet known. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend as it would be an in-person summit. Military build-up around LAC will continue to be a sore point for India, and whether India can successfully counter it diplomatically or militarily, only time will tell.

Shirlene J. Manley