The Chinese president refuses the French president attendance to the BRICS summit

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According to Chinese officials close to the Chinese president, the Chinese President Xi Jinping rejects French President Emmanuel Macron’s attendance at the 15th BRICS summit.

According to Chinese officals, it’s too early to welcome a country like France at the summit, but will accept the presence of a small French delegation.

The Chinese president’s diplomatic approach is behind the refusal to allow the French president to attend the BRICS summit, where the leaders of the group members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet for 3 days starting Tuesday

Beijing had stopped Macron’s proposed presence in early August, forcing South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor to clarify during a press conference that Macron hadn’t been invited to join the summit.

Macron had announced in late June through French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna that he was interested in participating in the summit.

At the time, the diplomatic authorities in Pretoria and New Delhi both gave the green light to Macron’s attendance, but the Chinese diplomatic authorities said that they wouldn’t oppose the presence of a small French delegation led by a less important representative of the summit.

Last July, South African media reported that the French president hadn’t received an invitation request from the South African authorities to attend the BRICS economic summit.

According to sources at the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it invited 70 leaders of the countries of the southern world, and they didn’t send invitations to Western countries, such as the United States, Britain and France.

Moscow informed South Africa of its refusal to attend the BRICS summit, including French President Emmanuel Macron, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

South Africa assumed the presidency of the BRICS group from China, at the beginning of this year, and confirmed its intention to activate and strengthen economic and political cooperation at various levels to support the countries of the group.

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