BRICS member countries fully support Russia’s upcoming presidency of grouping in 2024
MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. The BRICS foreign ministers expressed their full support to Russia for its coming presidency of the grouping starting from January 1, 2024 at a meeting on the sidelines of the 78h session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), according to a media statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
"The Ministers were briefed on the preparations for Russia's upcoming BRICS Chairship in 2024. Brazil, India, China and South Africa extended their full support to Russia for its BRICS Chairship in 2024 under the theme `Strengthening of multilateralism for the purposes of just global development and security’ and the holding of the XVI BRICS Summit in Kazan," the document reads.
The top diplomats of BRICS member countries also said they look forward to their standalone meeting in Russia next year.
This year, the BRICS summit, hosted by one-year chairman South Africa, took place in Johannesburg on August 22-24, marking the largest gathering of Global South heads of state and government in recent years. Its guests included the leaders of 54 African countries. The current BRICS members approved the membership bids of Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia which will become full-fledged members of the bloc on January 1, 2024. An updated list of candidate countries for BRICS membership will be prepared for consideration at the group’s next annual summit, which will take place in Kazan.