Egypt, Ethiopia to be BRICS member states in 2024

By Laureen Fagan - 24 August 2023 at 3:09 pm
Egypt, Ethiopia to be BRICS member states in 2024

Egypt and Ethiopia will join the BRICS group of nations, in a decision on expansion made at the 15th summit of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and host South Africa.

The two African nations, often at odds with each other, will take up membership in January 2024. Also joining them will be Argentina, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, adding significant oil-producing economic power to the BRICS group.

“BRICS itself is a diverse group of nations,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in remarks at the summit’s conclusion. “It is an equal partnership of countries that have differing views but have a shared vision for a better world.”

Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed, who held meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (seen above with Abiy), called the decision a great moment for his nation.

“Inviting Egypt to join the BRICS confirms its growing role in the global economy and its ability to contribute to formulating a more inclusive and just international economic system,” said the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It’s one that “takes into account the interests and contributions of the emerging economies and peoples of the Global South.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the BRICS decision serves as an important counterweight to United States unilateralism, according to media reports. Raisi held meetings Thursday with Modi and Xi, and discussed Iran’s membership with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone.

Image: Ethiopia Presidency

Laureen Fagan

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Laureen is a freelance journalist creating high-quality, informed content on international affairs, politics and technology. She has worked both in and out of newsrooms since 2000. She is a former paramedic with significant experience in community resilience and nonprofit community development initiatives, and maintains "a passion for action" on sustainability and climate change. She also is trained in conflict resolution and diversity, and has special interests in science and medical reporting, and culture and religion issues. Laureen received her MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the United States, and completed additional graduate study in theology at University of Notre Dame. Follow Laureen on Mastodon at

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