Expanding ties with Africa a key principle of Iran's foreign policy

2021-08-07 18:16:46
Expanding ties with Africa a key principle of Iran's foreign policy

The Speaker of Iran’s Parliament has told the his Nigerian counterpart that expansion of relations with African countries is one of the principles of Tehran’s foreign policy.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf met with Sini Amr, Speaker of the Nigerian PArliament who had traveled to Tehran to attend the inauguration of the 13th Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi.

Qalibaf thanked Nigeria for its diplomatic support of Iran during its presidency of the UN Security Council and stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the two sides in parliamentary assemblies.

Amr expressed the readiness of Nigeria’s government to expand cooperation in various fields.

Iran plans to expand trade with Africa

Iran plans to make use of government agencies, private sector and international institutions to expand exports to Africa, an Iranian official says.

Trade and economic cooperation between Iran and African nations are far less than the capacities and mutual interests of the two sides.

Experts say the main obstacles for trade between Iran and Africa is the lack of direct sea and air transportation infrastructures, high marketing and transportation costs.

Iran’s exports to African countries in first three months of current year registered a 350% hike, according to Iranian trade officials.

Farzad Piltan, a senior official in Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said Monday that about 834,381 tons of non-oil goods, valued at $340 million, were exported to the continent from March 21 to June 21.

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