South African President: BRICS leaders will meet next month to discuss BRICS expansion

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on July 9 that the BRICS summit to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August will be a face-to-face meeting. South Africa will hold the rotating presidency of the BRICS in 2023.

According to reports, Ramaphosa said in a video posted on Twitter: “We will have an offline summit of BRICS leaders … this meeting is not a video conference.”

Ramaphosa said BRICS leaders hadn’t met offline for nearly three years.

According to reports, the 15th BRICS summit will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 22 to 24.

According to TASS news agency, Ramaphosa announced that South Africa has sent invitations to all leaders of the BRICS countries.

He also said that the leaders’ meeting will discuss the issue of BRICS expansion, and many countries want to join this cooperation mechanism.

The BRICS countries include China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa. After more than ten years of development, the foundation of BRICS cooperation has been increasingly solidified, the fields have been gradually expanded, and the cooperation results have become increasingly fruitful. The BRICS cooperation mechanism has been widely recognized and supported by the international community, and more and more like-minded partners hope to participate in it.

In June last year, during the 14th meeting of BRICS leaders, leaders of the five countries reached an important consensus on the expansion of BRICS and supported the discussion of standards and procedures for expansion.

According to a report on the website of Russia Today TV on June 30, South African BRICS affairs coordinator Anil Sukral said that many countries intend to join the BRICS cooperation mechanism because the BRICS countries are unswervingly committed to supporting developing countries, including Africa.

“Around 25 to 30 countries” have informally “expressed a strong desire to become part of the BRICS family,” Sukral said.

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