The Islamic Republic of Pakistan plans to join the intergovernmental organization BRICS next year. BRICS was founded on June 16, 2009.
According to Muhammad Khalid Jamali, Pakistan has applied to join the BRICS group of states in 2024. He said Pakistan is counting on Russia’s help during the membership process.
Muhammad Khalid Jamali is the newly appointed Ambassador of Pakistan to Russia who revealed this significant step while giving an interview with the Russian news agency Tass.
Details of Pakistani Ambassador interview
In an interview with TASS, Mr.Khalid stated that Pakistan intends to join the BRICS organization next year under Russia’s presidency. He said Islamabad was in contact with member countries to seek support for the country’s membership. However, Islamabad relied on the assistance of Russia.
Khalid said Pakistan wishes to join this significant organization, and we are in the process of contacting member countries to express their support for Pakistan’s membership in general, and the Russian Federation in particular.
When asked if Islamabad had submitted its BRICS membership application, Ambassador Khalid responded that Pakistan had. In response to another question, Khalid stated that Islamabad planned to join the organization the next year.
Russia on expanding the circle of BRICS
Last month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated that the BRICS countries hoped to agree on a list of candidates for partner-state status ahead of the next Kazan conference. He noted that under Russia’s leadership, more focus would be placed on broadening the “circle of BRICS friends”.
BRICS is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, all of which are significant rising economies pursuing more influence in a global order long dominated by the United States and its Western allies.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed the joining of several countries at the 15th BRICS Summit in August this year. He invited Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to join the organization. The full membership of these countries is set to take effect on January 1, 2024.
On November 17, 2023, Muhammad Khalid gave a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Relations about joining BRICS. He said Pakistan was considering joining the group in light of its goals of rebuilding the international financial structure and reducing its reliance on the dollar. He also told the foreign ministry had begun the process of engagement with relevant players.
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