South Africa’s envoy to Iran urges removal of US sanctions

2021-11-06 19:21:34
South Africa’s envoy to Iran urges removal of US sanctions

South Africa’s Ambassador to Iran says that lifting of sanctions imposed on the Islamic REpublic will be in the interest of the international community.

Speaking in an interview with Iranian media on Friday, Vika Mazwi Khumalo said that lifting of sanctions will bring great economic benefits for other countries.

Turning to the political-economic relations between Iran and South Africa, Khumalo said unilateral US sanctions have made the level of trade and economic relations between the two countries of Iran and South Africa ‘unsatisfactory’.

He said this embargo has caused South Africa’s trade with major Iranian companies to face serious problems.

However, the envoy said he is optimistic about the future of the bilateral trade.

Iran plans to boost trade ties with African countries from the current $1 billion, to about $5 billion within the next year, an Iranian trade official said last week.

Farzad Piltan, the head of Arab and African office at Iran’s Trade Development Organization, made the remarks during a meeting with a trade delegation from West African nation of Gambia.

Piltan said Africa is crucial for Iran in many ways, but for various reasons, the two sides have been unable to benefit from this bilateral partnership.

However, he said Tehran has prepared programs to boost trade relations between the the resource-rich continent.

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