The White House confirmed that U.S. policy does not require partners to pick sides between the U.S. and other nations, including the BRICS countries. “The U.S. does not aim to restrict countries’ associations with other nations,” stated Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. An impressive count of over 40 nations have shown interest in becoming part of the BRICS assembly, and about 70 leaders have received invitations to the economic summit scheduled for August.
US Partners’ Interest in Joining BRICS: The White House’s Stance
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced questions at a press briefing on Monday concerning U.S. partners’ desire to join the BRICS economic alliance, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
The question posed was, “Algeria and Egypt, two U.S. partners, have applied to join BRICS, signifying a non-alignment force that counters Western dominance. What are your thoughts on this development? Do you endorse this?”
Highlighting the importance of countries expressing their diplomatic engagement, Jean-Pierre responded, “Our engagement leads with a positive agenda aimed at showcasing the advantages of our governance and economic structures.” She added:
U.S. policy does not impose a choice between the United States and other nations on our partners. We’ve consistently stressed that the U.S. has no intention of limiting countries’ partnerships with other nations. However, we wish for countries to have alternatives when it comes to delivering results to their citizens.
The desire to join the BRICS economic alliance has seen a significant surge, with more than 40 countries showing interest as nations increasingly seek to move away from dollar-dependency. The diplomat in charge of BRICS relations in South Africa reported that 22 countries have officially applied.
As this year’s BRICS summit host, South Africa has extended invitations to 69 leaders, comprising all African heads of state and the leaders of key Global South bodies. Notably, no invites were sent to Western countries’ leaders, including France, despite President Emmanuel Macron expressing a desire to participate in the summit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about US Policy on BRICS Membership
What is the U.S. policy regarding its partners joining BRICS?
The U.S. policy does not restrict or discourage its partners from seeking membership with BRICS or any other countries. It emphasizes that countries should have choices in delivering results to their citizens.
Who are the BRICS nations?
The BRICS group consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
What was the response of White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to the question of U.S. partners joining BRICS?
Karine Jean-Pierre affirmed that the U.S. does not aim to limit countries’ associations with other nations. She stated that countries should “speak on their own about their diplomatic engagement.”
How many countries have expressed interest in joining the BRICS group?
More than 40 countries have shown interest in becoming part of the BRICS assembly.
How many countries have formally applied to join the BRICS economic bloc?
According to South Africa’s diplomat in charge of BRICS relations, 22 countries have formally applied to join BRICS.
Who has been invited to the upcoming BRICS summit?
South Africa, the host of this year’s BRICS summit, has invited 69 leaders, including all African heads of state and the leaders of major Global South bodies.