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Pakistan says it has made no formal application to join BRICS

“We have been following BRICS-related developments in Johannesburg,” Pakistan said.


Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said on Friday that the country had not made any formal application to join the BRICS.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the country would review the latest developments and make a decision regarding its future engagement with the BRICS, according to a press release from Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

“We have been following BRICS-related developments in Johannesburg. We have also noted their openness to inclusive multilateralism. Pakistan has repeatedly stated in the past that it is a strong proponent of inclusive multilateralism,” Baloch said during a briefing. a press briefing on Friday.

She added: “Pakistan has not made any formal request to join the BRICS. We will review the latest developments and make a decision on our future engagement with the BRICS. Pakistan is a staunch supporter of multilateralism and as a member of several multilateral organizations has always played an important role for world peace and development.

She said that Pakistan is also an important developing country which has made many important contributions to promote peace, solidarity and cooperation among the countries of the South. “We will continue our efforts in international forums to promote the spirit of international cooperation and the revitalization of inclusive multilateralism,” she said.

About India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission, the spokesman of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, “I can only say that this is a great scientific achievement, for which ISRO scientists deserve to be appreciated. »

The group of BRICS countries decided on Thursday to include six new members: Argentina, Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The new membership will come into effect on January 1, 2024.

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) backed the group’s expansion, the first such expansion since 2010, when South Africa was integrated into the group.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been invited to join BRICS as part of the first phase of ‘expansion.

Thanks to this expansion, six of the nine largest oil producers in the world are now part of the BRICS.

Ramaphosa made the announcement while releasing the Johannesburg Declaration of the 15th BRICS Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India has always supported the expansion of BRICS and has always believed that adding new members will strengthen BRICS as an organization. »

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