India, Brazil, S Africa set Sept summit

By agencies   |   Friday, 31 March 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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RIO DE JANEIRO: The leaders of emerging powerhouses Brazil, India and South Africa will hold a summit in September in Brasilia, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim has announced.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki on September 13 in Brasilia to strengthen cooperation between developing nations.

"We already have advanced a lot in the new cooperation between South-South countries," Amorim said at a meeting of the ministerial commission of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum yesterday.
The trilateral bloc should "continue to reduce the distances between our countries," he said.
The top Brazilian diplomat noted that IBSA had made progress with "the creation of the emerging countries' G-20" which opposes the farm subsidies of rich countries.

"The G-20 would not have been possible without the climate of confidence that exists between our countries," said the minister, whose country coordinates the Group of 20, representing the biggest developing countries.

His Indian counterpart, Anand Sharma, emphasized that the three countries would continue to work together in the areas of agriculture, security, health, science and technology.
The Brasilia inter-ministerial meeting was the third since the alliance of the regional giants was launched in 2003.

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