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Algeria, Africa’s top natural gas exporter, plans to join BRICS


The BRICS group includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. (Case)

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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has suggested that his country, Africa’s biggest natural gas exporter, could join the BRICS economic group that includes Russia and China.

Tebboune’s comment comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin – whose country is under Western sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine – in June called on BRICS leaders to move towards “the formation of a truly multipolar system of intergovernmental relations”.

The BRICS group also includes the major emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa.

“The BRICS are of interest to us” as an alternative to traditional centers of power, Tebboune said in a television interview on Sunday evening. “They are an economic and political force.”

He stressed there was no need to “get ahead” but promised “good news”.

The president added that his North African country fulfills “a good part” of the economic criteria to join the bloc.

BRICS members currently account for almost a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

Tebboune took part in a virtual BRICS summit in late June, when Putin called on the group’s leaders to cooperate in the face of “selfish actions” by the West.

Sanctions against Ukraine have pushed Putin to seek new markets and strengthen ties with countries in Africa and Asia.

Algiers abstained when the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution in March calling on Russia to immediately withdraw from Ukraine.

China, India and South Africa also abstained.

During a visit to Algeria in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said trade between his country and Algeria reached $3 billion last year.

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