Venezuela would like to be part of the BRICS, said President Nicolas Maduro. According to him, BRICS is an association that “forms a new world order.”
“If we are asked if Venezuela ever wants to become part of the BRICS, yes, we want to become a modest part of the BRICS and keep up with the changing geopolitical order,” Mr. Maduro said after a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The Venezuelan president called BRICS an association that, like a magnet, “attracts states that are looking for peace and cooperation.” According to Nicolas Maduro, in the near future, almost all the main states of South America can become members of the informal alliance, which at the BRICS platform will be able to convey the position of the entire region and their vision of the international political and economic situation.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that he was ready to support Venezuela’s desire to become a member of the BRICS and approved of Mr. Maduro’s intention to send a corresponding application to the organization.
The current members of the BRICS are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. South Africa’s representative to the BRICS, Anil Suklal, said that 19 countries expressed their desire to join the group – 13 formally requested to join and another 6 did so informally. The countries interested in joining the BRICS include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Indonesia.