Ramaphosa informed reporters of Riyadh’s BRICS inquiry, as he wrapped up his two-day state go to to the desert kingdom on Sunday. The journey included conferences with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and different Saudi leaders. “The crown prince did specific Saudi Arabia’s need to be a part of BRICS, and they aren’t the one nation,” Ramaphosa mentioned.
The group is scheduled to satisfy subsequent yr in Johannesburg for its annual summit.
“The BRICS nations are going to be assembly in a summit subsequent yr underneath the chairship of South Africa, and the matter goes to be into consideration,” Ramaphosa mentioned. “And already, numerous international locations or nations have been making approaches to the opposite member international locations, and we’ve given them the identical reply – to say it’ll be mentioned by the BRICS companions themselves, 5 of them, and thereafter a choice shall be made.”
The Saudi-South Africa talks got here amid a row between Riyadh and Washington over OPEC’s choice to chop manufacturing quotas by 2 million barrels a day. US President Joe Biden final week threatened Saudi Arabia with unspecified “penalties” and accused the longtime ally of siding with Russia within the Ukraine disaster. US lawmakers have referred to as for reducing off cooperation with Saudi Arabia, comparable to halting arms gross sales or withdrawing army help.