Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on BRICS leaders to take the necessary steps so that Turkey may join the association, the newspaper Hurriyet reported.

“We are in the G-20 with five of those countries. I wish they would take the necessary steps to let us in and we take our place in BRICS,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.

Erdogan also reportedly added that his suggestion had been welcomed by the BRICS member-states, especially China. According to the Turkish president, the BRICS members have been considering involving other countries in the group.

“If you take us in… the platform would become BRICST,” Erdogan added. The Turkish president attended the 10th BRICS summit, which was held earlier this week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The BRICS group is comprised of five major emerging economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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