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    Sudan Eyes BRICS Observer Status to Prevent Western Dominance

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    Sudan plans to obtain observer status in the group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in order to decrease Western dominance over global financial institutions.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – Sudan is seeking observer status in the BRICS group of emerging economies to reduce Western dominance over global financial institutions, the republic’s foreign minister told Sputnik.

    "Sudan submitted a request to participate in the activities of the BRICS as an observer, because membership in the group is currently limited," Ibrahim Ghandour said.

    Ghandour, who spoke with Sputnik ahead of trilateral talks with the South Sudanese and Russian foreign ministers, said Khartoum also hopes to cooperate with BRICS through its New Development Bank.

    "We hope this group will be open, allowing it to become a major global economic union," he underscored.

    The Sudanese diplomat is expected to join talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and their South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Marial Benjamin, at Russia’s invitation, in Moscow on Wednesday. The talks are scheduled to conclude on Friday.

    Ghandour said the request to attain observer status in the BRICS group was a reaction to the "form of economic intervention" on the part of Western countries through international financial institutions.

    "Therefore, Sudan supports any initiative that would eliminate any such dominance individually or collectively," Ghandour stressed.

    In August, Sudanese Finance Ministry Undersecretary Abdel-Rahman Dirar told Sputnik that Khartoum was taking initial steps to join BRICS, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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