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India, Brazil, SA to focus on connectivity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
Greater connectivity and faster travel among India, Brazil and South Africa is the new mantra for the IBSA.

The four-year-old IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Dialogue Forum is seeking to spread its wings by using multi-lateral diplomacy and synergising its approach in various world fora and focusing on connectivity among the three countries for greater people-to-people contacts.

Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim and South African minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gave an indication of this approach in their joint press conference today with external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee at the conclusion of the fourth meeting of the Trilateral Commission of the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

Amorim said the IBSA was now becoming more conscious of developing people-to-people relationship.

He noted that the grouping had given itself a stiff challenge of taking the three countries’ mutual trade to $15 billion by 2007, but cautioned that a lot would depend on connectivity, air connections and maritime transport. Brazil and India have already agreed to take their bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2010.

The grouping, spanning three continents, discussed cooperation in such diverse areas as connectivity, health, science and technology, culture, biofuels, Security Council reforms and the World Trade Organisation.

The three Foreign Ministers, in a Joint Communiqué, took common positions on a vast range of issues. On terrorism, they reaffirmed that it constituted one of the serious threats to peace and condemned terrorism “in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose.”

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