Iran’s Zarif Starts Key Africa Tour

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Nigeria on Monday, as the first destination of his six-day tour to West Africa.

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Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Zarif left Tehran for the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Sunday evening. The Iranian minister arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport early on Monday.

During his stay in Abuja, the top Iranian diplomat is scheduled to hold meetings with senior Nigerian officials on various issues of mutual interest. 

Zaif’s four-nation tour of West Africa is aimed at boosting bilateral diplomatic and trade relations.

After Nigeria, he will visit Ghana, Guinea-Conakry and Mali.

Back in February 2015, the top Iranian diplomat took another tour of Africa, and travelled to Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania with a high-ranking political and economic delegation.

Expansion of relations with African countries in all political, economic and cultural fields has been a matter of prime importance in Iran’s foreign policy agenda.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who took office in August 2013, has repeatedly stressed his government’s interest in boosting relations with the African nations.

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