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Pakistan Seeks Russia’s Support for Joining BRICS in 2024

Pakistan has expressed its interest in joining the BRICS group of emerging economies and has asked Russia to help it secure the membership, according to the Pakistani ambassador to Moscow.

Muhammad Khalid Jamali, who has recently been appointed as the envoy to Russia, told the Russian news agency TASS that Pakistan had submitted an application to join the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Jamali said that Pakistan wanted to be part of the important organization and was in contact with the member countries to seek their support, especially from Russia. He added that Pakistan was hoping to join the group in 2024, when Russia would take over the presidency of the BRICS.

The Foreign Office of Pakistan has not yet commented on the ambassador’s statement, but it was reported that Jamali would not have made the announcement without the FO’s knowledge.

Pakistan’s move comes at a time when the BRICS is expanding its membership and influence in the global arena. In August this year, the BRICS invited six new countries to join the group, namely Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The expansion is expected to take effect from January 2024.

The BRICS, which was formed in 2009, aims to promote cooperation and development among the emerging economies and to challenge the dominance of the Western-led institutions such as the G7 and the World Bank. The BRICS also has its own development bank, the New Development Bank, which provides loans and grants for infrastructure and sustainable projects in the member countries and other developing nations.

However, Pakistan’s bid to join the BRICS may face some hurdles, as the country was blocked from attending a development dialogue hosted by China in June this year. Pakistan did not name the country that opposed its participation, but it is widely speculated that India was behind the move, given the strained relations between the two neighbors.

Pakistan will have to overcome the political and economic challenges to join the BRICS, which has a combined GDP of over $40 trillion and accounts for more than 40% of the world’s population. Pakistan will also have to demonstrate its commitment to the BRICS’ vision and values, such as democracy, multilateralism, and sustainable development.

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