News ID: 118868
Publish Date : 29 August 2023 - 22:27

Leader’s  Advisor: BRICS Membership Foiled U.S. Policy of Isolating Iran

TEHRAN - A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s membership in the BRICS group of emerging economies has thwarted the United States policy of isolating Tehran.
Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises the Leader on international affairs, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen news channel.
Saying that Iran’s BRICS membership has shaken the regional countries’ confidence in the U.S., Velayati added, “... this membership has placed an East-oriented policy as well as more alliance and cooperation with the regional states at the top of Iran’s foreign policies...”
He emphasized that Iran’s accession to the BRICS group proves the country’s determination to improve constructive relations with the world, and that it has succeeded in thwarting America’s long-sought isolation project.
“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is stronger than it was in the past. It plays a very constructive and positive role in the region and the world through its active diplomacy in all fields,” Velayati said.
Addressing the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on Thursday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the member states had agreed to admit Iran, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as new members from January 1, 2024.
BRICS has gained a special place in Iran’s foreign policy due to its increasing importance in the international political economy and geopolitical developments.
BRICS was formed by and initially consisted of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which collectively represent about 40 percent of the global population and a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Emphasizing that in reality, Iran has never been isolated, Velayati said the country has been in continuous contacts and interactions with different countries in various forms, particularly after it started to pursue a “political policy of Eastward orientation and good neighborly relations.”
“Therefore, the policy of isolation against Iran has without doubt failed and those who attempted to isolate another country ended up rather building a fence around themselves,” the Leader’s aide pointed out.
Reiterating that the United States and its allies have miserably failed in their attempt to isolate the Islamic Republic, he added, “These failed policies became more evident after Iran’s official membership in the Shanghai [Cooperation] Organization.”
The SCO, which has its headquarters in China, is a diplomatic organization with eight members, namely Russia, India, Pakistan, and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.