Iran’s FM Zarif on Africa Day: Tehran will remain a reliable partner for Africa
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has congratulated African nations on Africa Day, saying Tehran will remain a reliable partner for the continent.
Iran’s top diplomat made the comments in Twitter post on Monday. “Iran stands with Africa, inspired by its triumph against
domination,” he wrote.
Zarif said the Islamic Republic will once again stand by Africa in the fight against apartheid – but this time against vaccine apartheid, referring to the unequal and unfair distribution of covid vaccines around the world.
“As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, we're again joined in the fight against apartheid—this time #VaccineApartheid,” he wrote.
“Iran will always be reliable partner
to all African friends. Congrats on #AfricaDay2021.”
Africa Day, formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, which is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.
It is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on 25 May 1963. The organization was transformed into the African Union on 9 July 2002, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on 25 May.
Deepening and developing relations with African countries has been a key foreign policy principle for Iran.
The US and other Western governments have become increasingly concerned over Iran’s growing influence in Africa,
Iran has been a strong supporter of governments opposed to US hegemony, including Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon in the Middle East and Venezuela and Bolivia in Latin America.