Zimbabwe considers the group a new force in international relations, a senior politician says
The Zimbabwean government would like to become a member of the BRICS economic bloc, the speaker of the ruling party ZANU-PF said on Wednesday.
"We made it clear that we would like to become a member of the BRICS," Christopher Mutsvangwa told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.
The official added that his country is interested in developing alternatives to the Western-dominated SWIFT payment network. In his view, BRICS could contribute to that.
Mutsvangwa described BRICS as a new force in international relations, and said he hopes its growth and expansion will continue.
The five BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - account for more than 40% of the world's population and nearly a quarter of global GDP.
Earlier this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that "more than a dozen" nations have expressed an interest in entering the BRICS alliance.
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They include Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Trkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
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