Iran’s foreign minister: Africa high on Iran’s foreign policy agenda

2021-09-16 21:27:21
Iran’s foreign minister: Africa high on Iran’s foreign policy agenda

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said Wednesday the new administration in Tehran is determined to enhance ties with African nations, including South Africa.

In his meeting with South Africa’s new ambassador to Tehran, Vika Mazwi Khumalo, Iran’s top diplomat said Africa has an important place in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic.

He called for efforts to promote economic relations between Iran and South Africa, stressing the need to hold new meetings of senior officials of the two nations

Amirabdollahian also praised South Africa for supporting Iran when the African country was a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and for backing the Palestinian people.

For his part, the incoming ambassador pointed to the arrangements for the 15th meeting of Iran-South Africa Joint Commission, expressing hope that the political and the joint committees would be held in the near future.

Khumalo also offered an invitation for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to visit Pretoria.

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