Bangladesh thinks the group of major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) - should not be considered "platform of geopolitics", but a supportive platform for emerging economies to help developing countries.

"The developed countries should be happy that the BRICS emerging countries, who have resources, would like to help developing countries," Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told journalists at a media briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the BRICS Summit 2023.

The briefing was arranged to highlight PM Hasina's engagements at the BRICS Summit.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Ministry Spokesperson Seheli Sabrin, among others, were present.

Momen said it should be win-win for all the countries though some people speak more about the geopolitical tension for some reason.

The BRICS will hold its 15th heads of state and government summit in Johannesburg from August 22 to 24.

Momen, however, said the countries of the Global South are facing difficulties as many banks were expelled from the SWIFT, a bank messaging system for transacting dollars.

"Many speak about de-dollarisation, but it is not easy. We don't have much to comment on this," he said.

"So, if the emerging countries support us with funding, the developed countries should be happy. In that case, their responsibilities will be shared. None is their enemy," Momen added.

India and China are two core members of the BRICS nations, which also include Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

On the sideline of the summit, the Prime Minister is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and President of the New Development Bank Dilma Vana Rousseff at the Sandton Convention Centre.

She will attend a luncheon hosted by President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The premier will attend a meeting of the community leaders on August 25.

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