Argentina and Iran have applied to join to become members of the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS, according to officials.
The BRICS includes the world’s leading emerging market economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, and is an acronym for those developing nations, which represent 42 percent of the world's population and 24 percent of the global gross domestic product.
Iran's membership in the BRICS group "would result in added values for both sides," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency. Khatibzadeh noted that while BRICS is not a treaty bloc, it has a "very creative mechanism with broad aspects."
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson added that Tehran has already had "a series of consultations" with BRICS about the application.
"It also aims at contributing significantly to the development of humanity and establishing a more equitable and fair world," according to officials.
Hoping to Become a Member"While the White House was thinking what to disconnect, ban, or spoil in the world, Argentina and Iran have applied for joining BRICS," Zakharova wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Argentinian officials could not be reached for immediate comment.
"We are enthusiastic about the prospect of coordinating policies that enhance the agenda of the countries of the global south," Fernandez said.
"We are safe and responsible food suppliers, recognized in the field of biotechnology and applied logistics technology. This means that we are not only capable of producing and exporting food. We also know how to provide services and train specialists so that other countries can increase their productive efficiency and thus improve the quality of life of their inhabitants," Fernandez added. "We aspire to be full members of this group of nations."
During that virtual meeting, which was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Argentine leader also called for "peace in Ukraine," while other BRICS nations called for renewed talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
'Selfish Actions of Individual States'China, India, and South Africa have previously abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution calling for an end to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
"We are confident that today, as never before, the world needs the BRICS countries’ leadership in defining a unifying and positive course for forming a truly multipolar system of interstate relations based on the universal norms of international law and the key principles of the U.N. Charter."