Algerian president expresses willingness to join BRICS group

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune at a press conference in Algiers on December 13, 2019. (Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune at a press conference in Algiers on December 13, 2019.
(Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria has expressed his country’s willingness to join the BRICS bloc, revealing the news in a state television interview late Sunday.

“There are economic conditions for joining the BRICS group, and I think Algeria meets a large proportion of these conditions,” Tebboune said of the formation comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

He added that joining the group would distance Algeria, which is considered a “pioneer in Non-Aligned Movement,” from “the attraction of the two poles.”

The group’s five country’s contain more than 40 percent of the world’s total population and represent roughly a quarter of the global economy.

Tebboune attended the High-level Dialogue on Global Development between the BRICS countries and emerging markets and developing countries in June.