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South Africa’s Foreign Minister Hints at Expansion of BRICS Bloc With 3 New Members

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South Africa's Foreign Minister Hints at Expansion of BRICS Bloc With 3 New Members

In a recent interview published on July 26, South Africa’s foreign minister Naledi Pandor highlighted the BRICS group of economies’ commitment to peace, asserting that these nations do not aim to “weaponize the oceans.” Moreover, leading up to the much-anticipated 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg next month, Pandor indicated that an announcement regarding the addition of three new countries to the BRICS nations is probable.

Ahead of 15th BRICS Summit, South Africa’s Pandor Talks Peace and BRICS Expansion

The forthcoming BRICS Summit, occurring from August 22 to 24, 2023, at the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, has generated considerable buzz. It is estimated that over 40 countries have either applied or expressed interest in joining the BRICS nations, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Although discussions surrounding the BRICS are often linked with de-dollarization and competition with Western nations like the United States, the White House stated this week that it does not wish to restrict partnerships between countries. In an exclusive interview with South Africa’s foreign minister Naledi Pandor, the diplomat underscored that BRICS harbors no intentions of “weaponizing the oceans,” clarifying that talks of peace will be held during the 15th BRICS Summit.

Pandor also noted that a platform aimed at resolving the conflict between Ukraine and Russia would be established. “We’re not standing against anyone; we’re not standing for anybody. We work for the good of the world. We’re not seeking to weaponize the oceans, we’re not seeking to weaponize the forest, and we’re not seeking to weaponize climate change,” stated Pandor to RT. She further added that other African leaders intended to strengthen their ties with Russia.

While it has been reported that the upcoming summit will focus less attention on creating a BRICS reserve currency, expansion of membership appears likely. Ambassador Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s envoy to BRICS, hinted that the group would grow this year. Pandor substantiated these claims in an interview with RT, revealing that three new members will be joining the BRICS bloc, bringing the total to eight participating nations. Though she did not disclose the identities of the new member countries, Pandor praised the expansion as “fantastic” news.

What do you think about the upcoming BRICS Summit and the hints that there will be an expansion? Share your thoughts and opinions about this subject in the comments section below.

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