0227 GMT August 18, 2022
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Friday said Iran could be a “reliable partner” in connecting the group of emerging economies, known as BRICS, to energy chokepoints.
“Iran’s unique geopolitical and economic position can make it a reliable and sustainable partner in linking BRICS [member states] to energy chokepoints and major global markets,” Raeisi told a virtual summit of BRICS hosted by China.
He said Iran was ready to share all its capabilities and potentials including “unparalleled energy reserves and short and cheap transport routes” as well as “significant scientific achievements” and trained workforce to help the bloc reach its goals.
Raeisi said BRICS, as a pioneering organization consisting of large emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – had created “new trends” in the world through its “appropriate initiatives” including the Global Development Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping last year.
The Chinese initiative calls on all countries to forge united, equal, balanced and inclusive global development partnership, and promote cooperation in a wide range of areas such as fighting poverty, public health, education and industrialization.
The Iranian president noted it was necessary to set up and support new organizations like BRICS alongside the United Nations to help achieve a "human society with a common future" and counter unilateralism, nationalist preferences, and challenges such as sanctions and coercive economic measures.
He said BRICS had played an effective role in advancing its goals such as reforms in the international financial system or introducing the Belt and Road Initiative and launching the New Development Bank to improve public welfare and strengthen international peace and stability.