Zimbabwe sees group as new force in international relations, says senior politician
The Zimbabwean government would like to become a member of the BRICS economic bloc, the chairman of the ruling ZANU-PF party said on Wednesday.
“We have made it clear that we would like to become a member of BRICS,” Christopher Mutsvangwa told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The official added that his country wanted to develop alternatives to the Western-dominated SWIFT payment network. According to him, the BRICS could contribute to this.
Mutsvangwa described the BRICS as a new force in international relations and said he hoped its growth and expansion would continue.
The five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – represent more than 40% of the world’s population and almost a quarter of the world’s GDP.
Earlier this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “more than a dozen” nations have expressed interest in joining the BRICS alliance.
These include Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
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