Iran has asked to join the G-15 group of developing nations, whose tenth summit opens in Cairo on Monday, and is counting on the support of Malaysia, Iran's official IRNA news agency said Friday.
"As well as Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Africa have also asked to join," IRNA said.
A Malaysian foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as telling IRNA that Kuala Lumpur will support Iran's application "when it is examined in Cairo."
"Iran's acceptance will strengthen Asian representation and make the group more effective," said the spokesman who was not named.
The G-15, founded in 1989 to counter the power of the wealthy, industrialized nations, includes four Asian nations -- India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka -- among its 17 member states.
The rest are Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Kenya, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Venezuela and Zimbabwe -- TEHRAN (AFP)
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