Purnima Anand, President of the International Forum of the BRICS, informed about the possible accession of Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to the BRICS. In fact, these countries are already in the process of joining the coalition, she said.
According to Anand, all of these states have expressed their interest in joining and are preparing to apply for BRICS membership. “I think this is a good step, because expansion is always perceived positively; this will clearly increase the influence of BRICS in the world,” she said in conclusion.
Earlier, in late June, Argentina, Iran and Indonesia applied to join this international coalition. So, these countries will be able to become members of the BRICS at the next summit of the organization, which will be held in South Africa in 2023. By the way, no less important argument for accepting these countries into their ranks is the fact that they refuse to join the coalition with the United States against Russia.
It should be recalled that the BRICS economic coalition, formed during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum back in 2006, includes Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa, and the BRICS+ format includes Iran, Argentina, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Malaysia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia and Fiji.
Currently, the BRICS coalition is a block of leading developing countries, which continues to expand its political and economic influence. Incidentally, a representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry previously said that the BRICS members account for 30% of world gross production and 40% of the world's population.
Earlier, the leaders of the BRICS countries said in a joint declaration following the summit that they would focus their joint efforts on strengthening the world, “free of nuclear weapons.” In fact, the members of this coalition intend not only to create conditions for fair competition in the economy, but also to support the participation of developing and least developed countries in global processes.
Despite all the objective difficulties, the BRICS countries are expanding mutually beneficial ties. For example, oil supplies from Russia to India and China are increasing. Russia also exports a significant amount of fertilizers to the countries of this coalition. Moreover, the question of creating an international reserve currency is currently being studied.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the leadership of the BRICS member states is needed to create a multipolar world, and the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America that pursue independent policies can be counted on in this process.