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BRICS Plus leaders agree on closer South-South ties (Lead)

Xiamen (China), Sep 5 (IANS) The BRICS Plus leaders have agreed to deepen South-South cooperation and build extensive partnerships, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

Addressing media persons at the end of the 9th BRICS Summit here, Xi said the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries has sent “a strong message” for closer South-South cooperation and global development cooperation.

The “BRICS Plus” countries are Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand. Leaders of these nations were also invited for the BRICS Summit held here on September 3-5.

“Leaders attending the dialogue agree that emerging market and developing countries, which enjoy good growth momentum, are well placed to play a bigger role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and improving global economic governance.”

He said the countries together can embrace a sustainable path of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, and inject “more positive energy” to global growth and shared prosperity.

China, which holds the group’s rotating presidency this year, had proposed “BRICS Plus” to invite leaders of five other developing countries to the summit for the dialogue.

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