South Africa supports adding Iran as a member of the BRICS grouping of countries, the Iranian Mehr news agency reported on Friday, quoting President Cyril Ramaphosa. Iran is one of more than 20 countries formally seeking to join the economic bloc.

Ramaphosa expressed support for Tehran’s membership bid during talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Thursday at the 15th meeting of the Joint Commission of the Islamic Republic of Iran and South Africa in Pretoria.

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South Africa is interested in Iran being accepted as a member of BRICS as a friendly country, Ramaphosa said, according to Mehr news, adding that Tehran has the full support of Pretoria Africa in this regard.

South Africa, which is the current BRICS chair, has also invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, as well as leaders from 66 other countries, to the five-nation bloc’s summit later this month in Johannesburg.

Raisi has accepted the invitation and will attend the August 22-24 gathering, the Iranian minister told Ramaphosa on Thursday.

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At a briefing following the meeting with the South African leader, Amirabdollahian noted that Tehran had sought Pretoria’s strong backing for its accelerated membership in the grouping, which currently includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Earlier this week, South African International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor said further expanding BRICS membership would be one of the items on the agenda at the upcoming summit.

She confirmed that BRICS had received formal membership applications from 23 countries, including Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, and Algeria.

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The minister also defended Iran’s invitation, despite its long-standing strained ties with the USA and being under increased sanctions since 2019, emphasizing however that the goal is not to build an anti-Western alliance.

Pandor expressed her commitment to preventing the bloc from expanding in a way that would lead South Africa down a path that contributes to increased global conflict.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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Wake Up Speak Up
Wake Up Speak Up
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11-08-23 14:23

Africa’s problems began when European colonizers sent trinkets and religious books “To African Mineral Wealth”. The Africans attached to those books and the ‘explorers’ attached to those resources. The colonizers dishonored their ten commandments for treasure and hedonism. This created a monumental ‘never-waste-a-crisis-moment’. That’s when the democracy peddlers legalized secularism. Just look at the ‘West’ today. Every day, people are murdered ‘for-nothing’, but most definitely murdered ‘from-something’. Like planting seeds for harvest, generations of Western youth mis-education have grown generations of poverty, emptiness, and violence. African Elders know what the West has become. Today, they want them to leave and… Read more »

Tsar Bomba
Tsar Bomba
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11-08-23 14:24

Now that’s more like it. I had my doubts with The Stellenbosch Mafia running interference. But well done Mr. Ramaphosa. #BRICS+