BRICS Summit: 34 countries participating in the summit that will be hosted in South Africa

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South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited the leaders of 67 countries from Africa and the “Global South”, in addition to 20 representatives of international organizations, to meetings within the framework of BRICS summit.

According to latest, 34 countries have confirmed their participation so far.

The South African Foreign Minister, “As such, with the general endorsement of BRICS leaders, the President has invited 67 leaders from Africa and the Global South to attend BRICS-Africa contacts and BRICS+ dialogues, and at present, among leaders from all continents and regions of the global South, confirmations have been received from 34 country at least”.

In a speech broadcast on YouTube, the South African Foreign Minister confirmed that the Secretary-General of the United Nations and representatives of other organizations were invited to attend the events, and that French President Emmanuel Macron wasn’t invited to the BRICS summit.

The BRICS summit, which will be held in Johannesburg on August 22-24, will be attended by the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa, and Russia will be represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would participate in the summit via video conference.

For its part, Algeria, a member country of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), continued to mobilize support for its accession to the BRICS bloc.

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Minister Ahmed Ataf, on assignment from the President of the Republic, received on Sunday, at the Ministry’s headquarters, successively, ambassadors and representatives of the five BRICS member states accredited to Algeria.

The issue concerns the ambassadors of China, Russia and India, as well as the charge d’affairs of the embassies of Brazil and South Africa in Algeria.

These meetings fall within the framework of efforts aimed at mobilizing more support for Algeria’s candidacy for membership in the BRICS group, especially by highlighting the elements of this candidacy, which is based on the strong political will of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and derives its specificity.

This is one of the principles, values ​​and references on which our country’s foreign policy is based, and it has always advocated for the establishment of a multipolar international system and is working towards activating multilateral international action and democratizing international relations.

The Algerian Minister stressed that Algeria, with its well-known political struggle in order to uphold the values ​​and principles on which and for which BRICS was based, and the economic dynamism that it’s witnessing in the context of the reforms initiated by the President of the Republic, which are reflected in the positive development indicators that Algeria has achieved in recent years, to aspire to make a qualitative contribution to the activity of this bloc in a way that serves the goals of peace, security, development and prosperity regionally and internationally.

It’s noteworthy that the Algerian president, during his visit to China at the end of last month, renewed his country’s desire to join BRICS, announcing that it would make an initial contribution of one and a half billion dollars to the bank of this group.

The continent has turned into an arena for renewed diplomatic efforts, amid efforts to enhance influence by the West, as well as Russia and China, in the midst of intense competition over mineral resources and international divisions exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

BRICS is a bloc that seeks to strike a balance with Western economic dominance.

The talks will also focus on stimulating investments in the continent, according to South African Foreign Minister, who indicated that representatives of other African countries will attend the summit.

It was confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend the summit, which will be hosted by Johannesburg, after speculation that the latter might withdraw.

Russia will be represented in the presence of its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate via the Internet.

Putin decided not to participate in his presence after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him that theoretically requires South Africa to arrest him upon entering its territory.

The South African Foreign Minister ruled out the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, who had expressed interest in participating in the summit.

When asked if the French president would attend, the answer came, “No invitation has been sent in this regard”.

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