Iran’s top diplomat underscores importance of Africa in Tehran’s foreign policy
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has highlighted the significance that the new Iranian administration attaches to Africa in its foreign policy.
Iran’s top diplomat and his Namibian counterpart Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah held talks on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
In the meeting, Amirabdollahian referred to Namibia as a friendly country by which Iran has always stood during its struggles for independence.
In the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of removing trade obstacles, especially in the financial and banking sector.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Iran was among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Namibia after the country’s independence.
She said her government stands ready to further enhance cooperation with Iran in the areas of trade, mines, agriculture, health and pharmaceuticals.
Although US sanctions have created numerous obstacles in the way of mutual relations, she said, Namibia has tried its utmost to keep bilateral ties from being harmed as much as possible as her country attaches great importance to its relationship with Iran.
Iran’s foreign minister also met with his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama. The two said they are committed to take ties between Tehran and Abuja to the next level.
Amirabdollahian said establish a shipping line and facilitating visa issuance will boost trade between Tehran and Abuja.