Gunmen killed 19 people in two apparently random shootings within hours of each other at taverns in South Africa, police said on Sunday, reinforcing the country's bleak status as a global center for murder.
China and Russia have welcomed future expansion of the powerful group of the world’s emerging economies, known as BRICS, to include Iran, which has formally applied to join the bloc.
Iran has applied for joining the group of five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, a spokesman said.
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic can turn into a “sustainable partner” connecting the BRICS group of nations to energy hubs and giant markets around the globe given its unique political and economic geography.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran’s current administration is after expanding relations with the countries of the African continent.
Voicing Iran’s willingness to promote cooperation with South Africa, Iran's President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi expressed hope that his trip to the African country would help expand the relations between the two nations.
Iran's foreign minister offered his sympathy to South Africa, where more than 440 people have died and thousands have been left homeless following torrential rains that triggered floods and mudslides last week.
At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days, authorities said on Tuesday.
South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor has called for further downgrading of her country’s diplomatic relations with Israel, expressing hope for a “direct action” against the regime in Tel Aviv for its “well-documented apartheid practices.”
A South African health regulator has approved China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 18 and above even though a senior health official said the government would not immediately procure its doses.