The influence of BRICS is becoming more and more threatening. Last Thursday, August 24, six countries from South America, Asia and Africa joined the bloc. If the media massively relayed the announcement, very few focused on the repercussions of these memberships. However, the BRICS had just taken control of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. We’ll talk about it right away. But first, have you heard about the Algerian president’s rant against the BRICS?
Shocked, Algeria abandons its BRICS membership plan
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is disappointed and shocked by the outcome of the BRICS leaders’ summit on August 22, 2023 held in Johannesburg. Last Tuesday, he announced to the Algerian press his decision to drop the idea of his country’s membership in the BRICS.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not digest the fact that the bloc rejected the Algerian candidacy after giving him the impression of being in favor of it. At the end of 2022, the president announced to the Algerian public press that the country would join the BRICS in 2023. Until recently, he visited Russia and China.
However, Algeria was not on the list of countries recently admitted to BRICS which includes Iran, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Frustrated, the Algerian president decreed on Tuesday that “the Algeria-BRICS file is closed”. That said, the Algerian shock is no greater than that experienced by those who are not helped by the increasing influence of the BRICS.
BRICS take control of more than 40% of global maritime traffic
If the admission of the six aforementioned countries strengthens the global influence of BRICS, the accession of Iran gives a particular advantage to the bloc. Indeed, on October 9, the governments of Iran and Sudan announced the end of the 7-year diplomatic divorce between their countries.
Coupled with Iran’s accession to BRICS, this development in relations between the two countries has significant regional and global repercussions. In fact, these countries have a very large influence in the MENA region. It is in this region that the Red Sea is located, this ultra-strategic intracontinental sea crossed by more than 40% of global maritime traffic.
The BRICS are thus seeing their power expand over the MENA and the Red Sea which washes the edges of the territory of most of the new members. The bloc therefore now has control of all maritime traffic passing through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.
Clearly, even if the USA and France continue to play indifference, the advance of the BRICS on the world stage is starting to create obvious unease.
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