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Pakistan Applies for BRICS Membership, Seeks Russian Support: Envoy

In a significant move, Pakistan has officially applied for membership in the BRICS group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Muhammad Khalid Jamali, Pakistan’s envoy to Moscow, shared this development and expressed Pakistan’s reliance on Russia’s support during the membership process.

Muhammad Khalid Jamali confirmed that Pakistan has submitted its application to join the BRICS group in 2024 and is actively seeking the support of Russia, as reported by Russia’s official TASS news agency. The envoy highlighted that the application aligns with BRICS’ plans to expand its membership under the Russian Presidency, with the admission of six new members next year.

The announcement comes as BRICS experiences its most significant expansion, admitting Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during this year’s summit in South Africa. These new members are set to formally join the group at the 2024 summit in Russia.

Muhammad Khalid Jamali emphasized that Pakistan aims to be an integral part of this influential organization and is currently in the process of reaching out to member countries to garner support, particularly from the Russian Federation.

While Pakistan can anticipate support from its close ally, China, considering its current economic and political challenges, it remains to be seen how the other four BRICS members—Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa—will respond to Pakistan’s proposal for membership.

The TASS report noted that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov previously mentioned BRICS’ intention to finalize a list of candidates for partner-state status ahead of the 2024 summit in Kazan.

The BRICS group originated as BRIC in 2006, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, and China. South Africa joined later, transforming it into BRICS. The group has evolved into a significant organization, establishing the New Development Bank (NDB) in Shanghai. As Pakistan seeks to become a member, its application adds an intriguing dimension to BRICS’ dynamics.

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