Iran’s parliament determined to expand ties with Africa: Official
Iran is determined to strengthen cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Africa, a special aide to the head of Iran’s Parliament says.
The remarks were made during a meeting between Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tehran, Christopher Mapanga, and Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Special Aide to Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament.
Amirabdollahian said the uunilateral and inhumane sanctions by the US and some European countries have become a terrorist tool against nations, including Zimbabwe.
Effective consultations and dialogue between the governments and parliaments of the two countries can be an important step in breaking the Western sanctions, he added.
He criticized Western nations for pursuing colonial policies to keep Africa in poverty and exploit and stealing the resources of this rich continent.
He also stressed the readiness of Iran to expand economic and medical ties with Zimbabwe, and assist the Southern Africa nation with combating the global coronavirus pandemic.
For his part, Zimbabwe’s ambassador noted Iran’s significant progress in
the fields of science, technology and defense, adding the he will spare no
effort to strengthen relations with Tehran.
Iran allocates 200 million euros for promoting exports to Africa
Iran’s National Development Fund (NDF) has opened a €200 million credit line for expanding exports of Iranian commodities and services to African countries.
The fund has been allocated as part of a $2-billion support package which has been allocated by NDF for developing the country’s non-oil exports, said Farzad Piltan, a senior official in Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO).
Iran to launch direct shipping line to South Africa
Iran plans to launch a direct shipping line to South Africa and Latin American countries in the near future, according to an Iranian trade official.
The shipping line will connect southern Iranian ports to the ports of South Africa and then to Latin American countries, specifically Brazil, said Babak Afghahi, an official with the Iranian Chamber of Cooperatives (ICC).