https://www.rt.com/information/581114-iran-south-africa-brics/Iran asks South Africa for BRICS help

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https://www.rt.com/information/581114-iran-south-africa-brics/Iran asks South Africa for BRICS help

Iran hopes that BRICS will resolve to broaden membership on the upcoming summit in Johannesburg and has sought South Africa’s backing for its bid, Overseas Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian revealed on Thursday.

“We hope to acquire the chance of accelerated membership beneath robust help we hope to obtain from South Africa,” he stated at a briefing in Pretoria, the place overseas ministers of the bloc and aspiring members have gathered to finalize preparations for the summit, which is scheduled to begin on August 22.

Initially a commerce affiliation of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, the bloc admitted South Africa in 2010. Additional increasing BRICS shall be one of many objects on the agenda on the upcoming summit. Iran is among the many 23 international locations which have formally utilized for membership, together with Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, and Egypt.

Mexico’s president denied the rumors that his nation was additionally among the many candidates, explaining that his nation’s coverage was to strengthen the present pact with the US and Canada. 

A number of Western media retailers had reported that India and Brazil had reservations about increasing the BRICS membership, or set situations for it, citing nameless sources. Each Indian PM Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have denied these rumors as unfaithful and unfounded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t attend the summit in particular person. He informed his South African colleague Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday that he was wanted in Moscow, however that he would tune in through video hyperlink for the related discussions. Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov is already in South Africa.

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