Iran asks to join the BRICS group of emerging countries | Business and Economy News

An Iranian official said joining “would result in added values ​​for both parties”.

Iran has applied to become a member of the group of emerging economies known as 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 parties,” the spokesperson said. word of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez, currently in Europe, has reiterated in recent days his wish for Argentina to join the BRICS.

“While the White House was considering what else in the world to disable, ban or spoil, Argentina and Iran asked to join the BRICS,” Zakharova wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia has long pushed to forge closer ties with Asia, South America and the Middle East, but it has recently stepped up efforts to overcome sanctions imposed by Europe, the United States and other countries. other countries following its invasion of Ukraine.

On Monday, the United States and other Western countries pledged unwavering support for Ukraine after 28 civilians were killed in several Russian attacks, including a missile raid on a crowded shopping mall.

Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Kyiv and its Western allies say war is an act of unprovoked aggression.

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