Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Leaves for South Africa
- October, 30, 2013 - 11:11
- Politics news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for South African city of Pretoria on Thursday to attend the 11th session of Iran-South Africa economic cooperation commission.
Experts from the socio-political, economic-technical and energy fields, accompanied by representatives from different ministeries, organizations and big corporations, held talks on issues of bilateral cooperation on October 29-30 to prepare the draft document for the ministeriqal meeting on October 31.
Zarif will be the head of the Iranian delegation, and South African foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will head his country's delegation.
Iran and South Africa have thus far signed 80 documents in their economic commission meetings.
Zarif will also have a meeting with the South African president Jacob Zuma during the visit.
Tehran has put emphasis on promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states and the country is now considered as one of the African Union’s strategic partners.
Tehran’s efforts to boost ties and cooperation with Africa have led to its acceptance as an observing member of the African Union (AU), where it has shown an active presence in the AU summit meetings.