Narendra Modi’s Address at the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 15th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, emphasizing the expansion of the BRICS alliance. He expressed that the decision to expand BRICS would lead to greater strength through the addition of new members and increased collaborative efforts, aligning with the organization’s expansion and guiding principles. The upcoming inclusion of six new countries—Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the UAE—was also highlighted by Prime Minister Modi. He suggested that this move could serve as an exemplary model for reforms across various institutions.
Prime Minister Modi’s Thoughts on Chandrayaan-3
Prime Minister Modi congratulated the success of Chandrayaan-3, not only for India but for the global scientific community. He thanked everyone for their contributions and asserted India’s continuous support for the expansion of BRICS. He believed that the addition of new members would further fortify BRICS as an influential international organization.
Significant Announcements from BRICS Summit
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa remarked that the summit underscored the importance of enhancing cooperation, friendship, and collaboration among BRICS nations. He highlighted two significant announcements made during the Johannesburg summit, which reflected the major BRICS messages concerning political, global economic, and financial matters. These announcements demonstrated the shared values and mutual benefits that form the foundation of cooperation among the five BRICS countries.
Welcoming the New BRICS Members
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa also announced that Egypt, Argentina, Iran, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia have been invited to become full members of BRICS. Their membership is set to take effect from January 2024. This development is seen as a significant step toward enhancing the influence and capabilities of the BRICS alliance.