Moscow: Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday mentioned that 30 international locations have expressed their curiosity in establishing partnership ties with the BRICS grouping. Lavrov mentioned Moscow expects a variety of options to be developed forward of the group’s subsequent summit, set to happen within the Russian metropolis of Kazan in October subsequent yr.
Addressing a session of United Russia’s Fee on Worldwide Cooperation and Assist for Compatriots Overseas, Lavrov mentioned the aspiration of many international locations to develop into nearer with the five-nation bloc comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa is “pure on condition that BRICS is working on a genuinely democratic and mutually respectful foundation”, the state-run TASS information company reported.
“Along with the international locations which have already joined our union, as of at the moment, about 30 international locations wish to set up associate ties with BRICS,” he mentioned.
In the course of the fifteenth BRICS summit held at Johannesburg in South Africa from June 22-24, the BRICS leaders agreed to confess Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as new members, efficient January 1, 2024.
“We are going to proceed to work on BRICS bolstering its positions as one of many pillars of a multipolar world,” the highest Russian diplomat famous.
“The theme of our watch in BRICS will likely be ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Equitable World Improvement and Safety.’ Over 10 Russian cities will host greater than 200 financial, political and public occasions. All of it will culminate with the BRICS summit in Kazan subsequent October,” he mentioned. “Along with our companions, we count on to develop a variety of options for the top-level occasion, which will likely be associated to the important thing areas of cooperation,” Lavrov mentioned. Numerous occasions would happen as a part of preparations for the summit and on its sidelines, notably on the BRICS Plus and Outreach platforms.
“The heads of many creating international locations will attend these occasions, primarily our closest neighbours and allies from post-Soviet organisations,” Lavrov mentioned.
The leaders of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) international locations met for the primary time in St Petersburg, Russia, on the margins of the G8 Outreach Summit in July 2006. In September 2006, the group was formalised as BRIC through the 1st BRIC Overseas Ministers’ Assembly, which met on the sidelines of the Common Debate of the UN Meeting in New York Metropolis. In 2010, South Africa was included within the bloc, making it the BRICS grouping.