President Alberto Fernández expressed this Friday, when participating virtually in the XIV Summit of Heads of State of the Brics, Argentina’s aspiration to be “full members” of the group made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“We aspire to be full members of this group of nations that already represents 42% of the world’s population and 24% of the global gross product. We are safe and responsible suppliers of food, recognized in the field of biotechnology and applied logistics technology This means that we are not only capable of producing and exporting food, we also know how to provide services and train specialists so that other countries can increase their productive efficiency and thus improve the quality of life of their inhabitants,” said the president in his speech before the block leaders.

In addition, the head of state stated that “neither wheat nor food can become a weapon of war” and argued that “peace is urgent because it is urgent to make a more egalitarian world.”

“I want to raise my voice so that the whole world understands that although the war is waged in Europe, its tragic consequences have repercussions in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Africa and throughout the southern hemisphere. We are the periphery that suffers,” he said in his message to the leaders of the countries that make up the bloc. And he added: “As Pope Francis has pointed out, neither wheat nor food can become a weapon of war, nor can the human person become a bargaining chip. Peace is not only necessary. Peace is urgent because it is urgent. make the world more equal.

Who make up the Brics and why does Argentina want to be a full member?

The XIV Summit of Heads of State of the Brics brings together the group of countries that make up Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, within the framework of Argentina’s strategic alliance with that bloc. “High-Level Dialogue on Global Development” is the motto of the summit that has China in charge of the pro-tempore presidency and that will be held remotely on Friday and Saturday.

Argentina participates in the meeting at the request of the personal invitation that Xi Jinping himself made to Fernández this year, within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic relations with China and while the Argentine president holds the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

With the invitation, Argentina could take a step of strategic relevance with the horizon set to join the forum: the Brics are a group of strong geopolitical and economic weight that unites the two largest powers after the United States (China and Russia) with emerging Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Source: National Government