The document, in particular, determines the position of the participating countries on international trade and politics. BRICS leaders also agreed to fight against protectionism amid US threats on tariffs voiced by Donald Trump
The heads of state of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) adopted the Johannesburg Declaration following the jubilee, tenth summit. This is reported by the state news agency South Africa SA News.
The document was signed during the meeting of BRICS leaders in an expanded format in the international conference hall Sandton. The adopted document supports an open and inclusive multilateral trading system established by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The parties agreed to fight protectionism in politics after the tariff threats that US President Donald Trump expressed, and also reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of equality and democracy.
“We recognize that the multilateral trading system faces unprecedented challenges. We stress the importance of an open global economy, “the 23-page declaration (.pdf), signed by the five leaders, says.
The declaration also talks about resolving the situation in Syria. The parties called for the creation of a “genuinely broad” coalition against terrorism with the central role of the UN. The leaders of the five countries discussed the main issues on the international agenda, expressed concern over the possible arms race in outer space, called for the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal.
After the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin went to negotiations with the new South African President Cyril Ramofos, with whom he plans to sign several agreements. Then the head of state will meet with the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, with whom he will talk about preparations for the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.