Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman concludes trip to West Africa
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has returned from a tour of West African countries where he emphasized the continent holds a very significant place in the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.
Khatibzadeh, who is also the head of the Center for the Public Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry, visited Senegal, Ghana and Sierra Leone in the West African region.
During the trip, Khatibzadeh first visited Senegal where he held talks with the country’s high-ranking officials, according to the ministry.
During Khatibzadeh’s meeting with Senegal’s Minister of Culture and Communications, Abdullah Diyop, the two officials underlined the importance of expanding and deepening cultural ties and cooperation.
Khatibzadeh also referred to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Senegal.
On the second leg of his regional tour, Khatibzadeh visited Accra, the capital of Ghana, and held talks with the country’s officials.
On the last leg of his West Africa tour, Khatibzadeh met with Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister David Francis in the town of Freetown. In the meeting, the top diplomat of Sierra Leone described exchanging diplomatic delegations between the two countries as important and effective.
In a twitter messages during his tour, Khatibzadeh said “Africa is continent of golden opportunities.”
He also said the continent “holds a very significant place” in the Islamic Republic’s balanced foreign policy.