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Iran applies to join BRICS group of emerging countries

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Iran applies to join BRICS group of emerging countries

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a video conference in Tehran, Iran on 17 February 2022. The country wants to join BRICS. (Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout)
By Reuters
28 Jun 2022 0

Russia boasts that Iran has already applied to join the BRICS group, while Argentina has voiced interest in doing so. The Russian government needs to forge ties with other countries as its war on Ukraine has turned it into a pariah state.

Iran has submitted an application to become a member in the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS, an Iranian official said on Monday.

Iran’s membership in the BRICS group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, “would result in added values for both sides”, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said separately that Argentina had also applied to join the group. Argentinian officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, currently in Europe, has in recent days reiterated his desire for Argentina to join BRICS.

“While the White House was thinking about what else to turn off in the world, ban or spoil, Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS,” Zakharova wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia has long been pushing to forge closer ties with Asia, South America and the Middle East, but it has intensified its efforts recently to weather sanctions imposed by Europe, the United States and other countries over its invasion on Ukraine. Read full story

On Monday, the United States and other Western nations pledged unwavering support for Ukraine after 28 civilians were killed in several Russian attacks, including a missile strike on a crowded shopping centre. Read full story

Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls is a “special military operation”.

Kyiv and its allies in the West say the war is an unprovoked act of aggression. BM

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