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NEW DELHI: India is positioned to oppose Pakistan’s bid for full membership in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) group, underscoring its commitment to preserve BRICS as a platform for emerging market economies.
Pakistan is seeking to elevate its status within the group during Russia’s presidency, which commenced with a focus on ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Equitable Global Development and Security’.
India’s resistance to Pakistan’s full membership stems from the conviction that the inclusion of too broad a membership could dilute BRICS’s foundational character. Indian officials assert that Pakistan’s membership would not add value to the BRICS coalition.
Concurrently, Saudi Arabia officially announced its accession to the BRICS bloc, a development reflecting the kingdom’s strategic pivot towards diverse economic partnerships amid shifting geopolitical dynamics and China’s expanding influence.
The induction of Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE into BRICS this year reflects the bloc’s expanding consensus and its evolving role on the global stage.
The development comes at a time when the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is mired in dysfunction, primarily due to the fraught relationship between India and Pakistan.
Notably, the 19th Saarc Summit, which was to be hosted by Pakistan in 2016, was postponed after India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka chose to boycott the event, citing unresolved tensions. These unfolding narratives in regional partnerships and global alliances underscore the delicate balance of cooperation and competition that defines international relations.
India’s stance on Pakistan’s BRICS bid and the broader inclusion of Middle Eastern nations in the group signal a strategic approach to maintaining the group’s integrity while navigating the complex tapestry of emerging market economies and geopolitical interests.
As the BRICS bloc adapts to include new partners, it faces the challenge of harmonising diverse economic and political agendas to forge a cohesive path forward.