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WEEK IN REVIEW: Iran Is the Second Country This Week, After Argentina, to Submit an Application to Join the BRICS Club

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi on Jan 14, 2022. Image via Xinhua.

Iran is the second country this week, after Argentina, to submit an application to join the BRICS club. The BRICS group is increasingly seen by both Beijing and Moscow as a potential alternative to the Western-led international economic order. Although the BRICS states have agreed to expand their membership, they haven’t said how many countries they plan to accept and what the criteria are. (REUTERS)

Argentine President Alberto Fernández formally requested to join the BRICS club as part of his ongoing effort to more closely align with Russia and China. “We aspire to be full members of this group of nations,” President Fernández said on Friday during a virtual leaders summit hosted by China. BRICS leaders have indicated they are considering expansion but have not specified which countries they plan to admit first. (MERCOPRESS)

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