The first BRICS meeting took place on September 20, 2006, on the sidelines of the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Russia, Brazil, China and Indian Defence Minister agreed to enhance diverse cooperation between the four countries.
The Russian city of Yekaterinburg hosted the first full-fledged meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers on May 16, 2008. The parties approved a joint communiqué reflecting their common position on topical matters of global development.

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