Pakistan confirms making formal request to join BRICS

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Islamabad, November 24 (IANS) The Pakistani Foreign Ministry confirmed that the nation has made a formal request to join th BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa -- bloc, saying it is an important group of developing countries.

"We have taken this decision after having noted the BRICS proclaimed openness to inclusive multilateralism," Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch as saying at a media briefing.

By joining the group, Pakistan can play an important role in furthering international cooperation and revitalization of inclusive multilateralism, she said.

Pakistan enjoys friendly ties with most of the members of BRICS, as well as the newly invited group of countries, the spokesperson added.

"We also hope that BRICS will move forward on Pakistan's request in line with its commitment to inclusive multilateralism," she said.

At the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa in August, Iran, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been invited to join the bloc, and their memberships will take effect on January 1, 2024.