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Argentina Formally Rejects BRICS Membership

This screen grab obtained from a handout video broadcasted by Argentina’s Presidency shows President Javier Milei (C) delivering a message to the nation from the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires on December 20, 2023. (Photo by Handout / Argentina’s Presidency Press Office / AFP)

According to the presidency on Friday, Argentine President Javier Milei has formally declined an invitation to join the BRICS group of important rising economies by sending letters to the leaders of those countries.

In an attempt to challenge the global order headed by the West, the bloc—which is composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—announced in August that it would be taking in six additional members.

Argentina, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia were scheduled to join on January 1, 2024.

Several media outlets released letters signed by Milei in which it was stated that Argentina’s participation was “not considered appropriate at this time.”

After soundly defeating Argentina’s established political parties, Milei, a libertarian outsider, assumed government last month. During the campaign, he made a commitment not to join BRICS.

His foreign policy “differs in many aspects from that of the previous government,” he wrote in his letters. In this way, a few choices from the previous government will be examined.

Milei stated, “Our geopolitical alignment is with the United States and Israel,” during his candidacy for office. We refuse to form an alliance with communists.

He has adopted a more accommodative stance since taking office, despite his earlier threat to sever relations with China and Brazil, two of his biggest commercial partners.


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