5 March 2024

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Pakistan Not Formally Applying for BRICS Membership, Emphasizes Multilateralism

Islamabad: Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, stated on Friday that the nation has not submitted any formal application to join BRICS.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a news release quoting the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson as saying that the government would assess the most recent events before deciding how it will proceed with its engagement with the BRICS.

“We have kept up with happenings in Johannesburg linked to the BRICS. Its openness to inclusive multilateralism has also been emphasised. During a media conference on Friday, Baloch stated that Pakistan has already stated several times that it is a staunch advocate of inclusive multilateralism.

Pakistan Assessing Engagement with BRICS Amid Recent Developments

“Pakistan has not formally requested to join BRICS,” she continued. We will assess the most recent events before deciding how we will interact with the BRICS in the future. Pakistan is an ardent supporter of multilateralism and has consistently contributed significantly to world peace and prosperity as a member of a number of multilateral organisations.

She said that Pakistan is a significant developing country that has contributed significantly to efforts to foster southern hemisphere unity, peace, and collaboration. “We shall continue our efforts at the global fora for fostering the spirit of international cooperation and revitalization of inclusive multilateralism,” she declared.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson about India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission said: “I can only say that it is a great scientific achievement, for which ISRO scientists deserve appreciation.”

On Thursday, the BRICS group of countries resolved to admit six new members: Argentina, Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Beginning on January 1, 2024, the new membership will be in effect.

BRICS Welcomes Six New Members, Including Iran and Saudi Arabia

The first such extension since South Africa’s admission to the BRICS grouping in 2010 was endorsed by the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS).

Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have all been asked to join the BRICS as part of its initial expansion, according to Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa.

BRICS currently includes six of the top nine oil producers in the world as a result of this development.

The declaration was released by Ramaphosa as part of the 15th BRICS Summit’s Johannesburg Declaration. According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “India has always backed BRICS expansion and has always believed that bringing in new members will strengthen BRICS as an organisation.”