Islamabad, 27 June 2022 (TDI): Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan responded to questions by media about the ‘High-level Dialogue on Global Development’ held virtually on the sidelines of the BRICS meetings.

The 14th BRICS Summit was hosted by China this year. Pakistan congratulated China on successfully hosting this year’s BRICS meeting. 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 being 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 the 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.

14th BRICS Summit

China holds the chairmanship in 2022 and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping presided over the summit in Beijing through a video link.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Summit.