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Zimbabwe President Says His Country Would Like To Join the BRICS

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EIRNS—Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in an interview with TASS, on the sidelines of the June 5-8 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), that he had discussed his country’s joining the BRICS, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On joining BRICS, I discussed that issue [during the SPIEF] with my dear brother, President Putin, telling him that it is our desire to join the bloc,” President Mgnangagwa emphasized. “I also had earlier discussed it with my neighbor, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa [a BRICS member]. The prospects are good because none of the BRICS members are anti-Zimbabwe,” he maintained. Mnangagwa also described Zimbabwe’s relations with China and Brazil as excellent.

In his meeting with Putin, Mnangagwa said they discussed areas of possible cooperation, including agriculture, in which “Zimbabwe needs further mechanization. And the Russian Federation has that capacity to support us in that area,” he continued.

Mnangagwa was also very upbeat about Africa’s prospects for the future. He said that “different African countries are developing at different rates. But at the end of the day, you can see that Africa is no longer a sleeping giant. It is rising. It will roar like a lion and the small spineless states will be afraid,” he said.

He stressed, “What Africa needs is skills and global capital to assist it to leapfrog in modernization and economic growth.” [dea]