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South African Foreign Minister to Attend BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

© Photo X / @DIRCO_ZASouth Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor at the Ubuntu Awards 2024.
South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor at the Ubuntu Awards 2024.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 09.06.2024
The results of the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which will be presided over by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, will inform the 16th BRICS Summit, which is scheduled for October 22–24 to be held in Russia's Kazan.
South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor will attend the meeting of BRICS foreign ministers in Russia's city of Nizhny Novgorod, according to the South African Foreign Ministry's press release.

"The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, has undertaken an official visit to Russia to participate in the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled to take place on June 10-11, 2024, in Nizhny Novgorod," the statement read.

During the meeting, Pandor plans to hold bilateral talks with some colleagues from BRICS countries and other partner countries that will also join the meeting.
The BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held on June 10-11 in Nizhny Novgorod. Earlier, Russia's BRICS sous-Sherpa Pavel Knyazev stated that Russia expects about 20–25 countries at the meeting. He added that around 15 more countries, "friendly" to Russia and including those chairing regional integration organizations, have been invited.
Russia took over the BRICS chairmanship on January 1 of this year. This period began with the accession of new members to the organization, expanding beyond Russia, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa to include Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. With the addition of new members, BRICS now comprises 10 countries with a combined population of 3.6 billion people—nearly half of the global population. These countries account for more than 40% of global oil production and about a quarter of global goods exports.