Iran, Argentina seek BRICS membership

New York: Iran has submitted an application to become a member of the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS, an Iranian official said. 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 Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said separately that Argentina had also applied to join the group.

The diplomat expressed hope that “Iran will be able to contribute to the BRICS’ operation and benefit the organization.” Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez said at a BRICS+ meeting last week that his country wants to become a full member of the association, a Russian media report said.

Saudi Arabia too has expressed interest to join the grouping, according to reports. The issue of expansion of the BRICS bloc was figured in the June 23 virtual summit hosted by China, which is this year’s chair.

“China will work with BRICS partners to move ahead with the expansion process steadily so that like-minded partners can join the BRICS family,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

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