MOSCOW: Moscow, July 14 (IANS) Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt are considering joining the BRICS, and their potential membership offers could be discussed and answered at next year’s summit in South Africa, BRICS International Forum President Purnima Anand told Russian media on Thursday.
“All these countries have shown their interest in joining (BRICS) and are preparing to apply for membership. I think this is a good step, as the expansion is always viewed favorably, it will definitely enhance the global influence of the BRICS,” Anand told the Russian. Izvestia newspaper.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) represent more than 40% of the world’s population and almost a quarter of the world’s GDP. The bloc’s stated goals include promoting global peace, security, development and cooperation, and contributing to the development of mankind, RT reported.
Anand said the issue of expansion was raised at this year’s BRICS summit, held in late June in Beijing.
The BRICS Forum chair said she hoped it wouldn’t take long for Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt to join, given that they “are already in the process”. though she doubts all three will join the alliance at the same time, RT reported.
“I hope these countries will join BRICS very soon, because all representatives of core members are interested in the expansion. So it will come very soon,” Anand added.
News of the three nations’ plans to join the BRICS comes after Iran and Argentina formally applied for membership in late June, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh touting the bloc as a “mechanism very creative with broad aspects”.