Three more countries set to join BRICS – Purnima Anand
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article previously erroneously referred to Purnima Anand as an official. She is the president of BRICS International Forum, an independent socio-economic political center working among BRICS nations, and not a BRICS official. The article has been amended to reflect that.
Riyadh, Ankara, and Cairo plan to join BRICS, and their potential membership bids could be discussed and decided upon at next year’s summit of the bloc in South Africa, Purnima Anand, the president of the BRICS International Forum, told Russian media on Thursday.
“All these countries have shown their interest in joining [BRICS] and are preparing to apply for membership. I believe this is a good step, because expansion is always looked upon favorably; it will definitely bolster BRICS’ global influence,” the head of the independent socio-economic political center working among BRICS nations told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) account for over 40% of the global population and nearly a quarter of the world’s GDP. The bloc’s stated purposes include promoting peace, security, development, and cooperation globally, and contributing to the development of humanity.
Anand said the issue of expansion was raised during this year’s BRICS summit, which took place in late June in Beijing.
The BRICS International Forum president said she hopes the accession of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt will not take much time, given that they “are already engaged in the process,” though doubts that all three will join the alliance at the same time.
“I hope that these countries will join the BRICS quite shortly, as all the representatives of core members are interested in expansion. So it will come very soon,” Anand added.
The news of the three nations’ plans to join BRICS comes after Iran and Argentina officially applied for membership in late June, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh touting the bloc as a “very creative mechanism with broad aspects.”