(MENAFN) According to Sergey Kozlov, Russia's ambassador to the kingdom, Saudi Arabia is interested in joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as well as the BRICS group of the world's five largest emerging economies.
Currently, the five BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—represent about a quarter of global GDP and more than 40 percent of the world's population. A regional security alliance led by China and Russia called the Shanghai Cooperation Organization also counts powerful nations like India among its members.
Kozlov claimed in an interview with RIA Novosti on Sunday, “as part of the diversification of the kingdom's foreign policy, Saudi Arabia is keen to join such international associations as the SCO and BRICS.”
The envoy stated that while the concept of joining BRICS is being considered, the potential of the Gulf nation joining the SCO is also being aggressively canvassed.
Kozlov also mentioned that “in general, the willingness of [our] Saudi partners to become an integrated part of these multilateral organizations, primarily the SCO, seems to have a good prospect.”
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