On Monday, the Foreign Office (FO) that Pakistan’s participation was blocked by one of the members of the five-nation summit BRICS in a dialogue for non-member states held virtually. The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries in the world, representing 41 per cent of the global population, 24pc of the global GDP and 16pc of the global trade.
This year, China being the chair of the group is holding meeting in its summit. On June 24, BRICS’ “High Level Dialogue on Global Development” was attended virtually by leaders of two dozen non-member countries but Pakistan remained absent from the meeting. “Regrettably one member blocked Pakistan’s participation,” Foreign Office informed after the media queries without naming the country. However it is believed that India has blocked the name of Pakistan from the list, so Pakistan shouldn’t be able to participate as both countries have unpleasant relationship and have decades-long dispute over Kashmir.
The FO spokesperson said Pakistan stands ready to work with all developing countries, including the BRICS members for addressing the challenges faced by the global community. Asim Iftikhar stated, “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 and emerging economies were invited.” The FO continued, “we do hope that future engagement of the organisation 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 geo-political considerations”.
In the meantime, China said that Pakistan was a significant individual from the gathering of companions of the Global Development Initiative. As per a Radio Pakistan report, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China exceptionally esteemed Pakistan’s significant job in propelling the execution of the UN 2030agenda for sustainable development. He offered the comments during his normal press briefing, the report said. Lijian proceeded to say that China and Pakistan kept up with close correspondence and coordination. We have led significant participation in the field of development which has ben of great advantage to individuals of the two nations and the region, he said, adding that China would keep on working with Pakistan to propel the worldwide advancement plan.