Islamabad, Pakistan: India blocked the participation of Pakistan in the BRICS High-level Dialogue on Global Development that was attended by several countries who are not members of BRICS.
The 14th BRICS Plus Summit was held under the theme: “Foster a Global Development Partnership for the New Era to Jointly Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
BRICS High-level Dialogue on Global Development was attended by Indonesia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Argentina, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Iran, and others. BRICS is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Responding to media queries about a ‘High-level Dialogue on Global Development’ held virtually on the sidelines of the BRICS meetings, the Spokesperson stated the following:
Pakistan congratulates China on the successful hosting of the BRICS meetings.
We have noted that this year a “High-level Dialogue on Global Development” was held as a BRICS side event in which a number of developing/emerging economies were invited.
China is the host country engaged with Pakistan prior to the BRICS meetings, where decisions are taken after consultations with all BRICS members, including extending invitations to non-members. Regrettably, one member blocked Pakistan’s participation. However, we do hope that future engagement of the organization would be based on the principles of inclusivity keeping in view the overall interests of the developing world and in a manner that is devoid of narrow geopolitical considerations.
We appreciate China’s role in promoting the interests of the developing countries. Together with China, Pakistan has been a strong voice for global peace, shared prosperity, and inclusive development. Pakistan is the current chair of G77+China and is also part of a group of friends of the Global Development Initiative(GDI).
Pakistan and China are all-weather strategic partners and our iron brotherhood remains rock solid. The two countries are fully committed to taking our all-around cooperation to higher levels both bilaterally and multilaterally.
Pakistan stands ready to work with all developing countries, including the BRICS members for addressing the challenges faced by the global community.
Pakistan Foreign Office did not cite the name of India that blocked the participation however sources in FO confirmed this development.