Turkey has announced interest in joining the BRICS group of emerging economies and has called on the bloc to allow its accession.
Turkish media quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying that BRICS could benefit from expanding its list of member states, stressing that China was specifically eager to see the alliance grow larger.
“We are in the G20 with five of those countries. I wish they would take the necessary steps to let us in and we could take our place in BRICS,” Erdogan told the Hurriyet Daily News on the sidelines of the group’s recent forum in the South African city of Johannesburg. “If you take us in the name of the platform would become BRICST.”
He said his suggestion to allow Turkey’s accession to the group had been warmly welcomed by the member states, adding that BRICS had been considering adding other nations for a long time.
“Especially China says that it stands in favor of enlargement. I have seen that they are considering involving other countries in this platform. They are not opposed to it,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the media.
Turkey was invited to the 10th annual meeting of the group of emerging economies, which took place on July 25-27, as the term chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The Turkish president attended the summit together with the country’s foreign minister, finance and treasury minister, defense minister, commerce minister, and the ruling Justice and Development Party.
BRICS was founded in 2006 during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Initially, it was formed by Brazil, Russia, India and China, with South Africa joining the group in 2010. The current participants represent more than 40 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of global GDP.