Under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Thursday, BRICS will embrace six new members, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Iran, from the beginning of next year.
“We have decided to invite the Argentine Republic, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to become full members of BRICS. The membership will take effect from January 1 2024,” President Ramaphosa revealed the news during a summit in Johannesburg.
On Wednesday, leaders of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – convened in an open panel to discuss pivotal matters. The agenda encompassed critical topics such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the push for de-dollarization, and the prospects of bloc expansion.”
Leaders from South Africa, India, Brazil, China, and Russia (with Putin attending virtually) came together to ensure a peaceful and fair solution to the Ukraine conflict.
“A growing number of BRICS countries are engaged in direct contact with Moscow and Kyiv to join efforts that can effectively contribute to an immediate ceasefire and fair and everlasting peace,” Lula said.
Lula stated that many BRICS nations are actively communicating with Moscow and Kyiv, working together towards an urgent ceasefire and a just, lasting peace.
China and South Africa both emphasized their commitment to the United Nations Security Council’s principles for achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict, aligning their sentiments on ending the war.
The BRICS summit, spanning three days and concluding on August 24, will feature leaders from BRICS nations and invited delegates. The organization will address crucial matters related to the bloc’s expansion and trade relationships.