Promoting Ties with African Countries, Iran’s Priority: Deputy FM
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that the promotion of relations with African nations is Tehran's principled policy.
“Promoting cooperation with African countries is Iran’s definite and principled policy and will not be affected by political ups and downs,” Amir Abdollahian said during a ceremony held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s liberation from Apartheid regime.
The ceremony which was held in Tehran on Sunday was attended by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
The Iranian diplomat also said that strengthening ties with South Africa in all spheres, especially in the area of economy and science, and promoting mutual cooperation in the international arena is one Iran’s main priorities.
Earlier on Sunday, Nkoana-Mashabane met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and held talks on various issues, including bilateral ties as well as the latest regional and international developments.
During the meeting, the two sides called for the expansion of mutual ties in diverse fields such as health, science, technology, medicine, agriculture, as well as oil, energy, and telecommunication.
Iran and South Africa maintain a friendly relationship, even though international sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic made trade increasingly difficult.