Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has suggested that his country, Africa’s largest 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 hit with Western sanctions over its Ukraine invasion in June called on BRICS leaders to move towards formation of a truly multipolar system of inter-government relations.
The BRICS group also includes the major emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa. BRICS members currently account for nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.
Tebboune participated in a BRICS virtual summit at the end of June, when Putin called on leaders of the group to cooperate in the face of selfish actions from the West.