Iran foreign minister: No limits to developing ties with Nigeria
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian highlighted the country’s resolve to expand relations with African countries, including Nigeria.
Iran's top diplomat held political consultations with Zubairu Dada, Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Tehran for holding the meeting of the two countries’ joint economic commission.
During the meeting, the Iranian top diplomat expressed pleasure that bilateral ties, especially economic and trade ties, have grown in the past two years.
He said though that the current size of interactions between the two countries does not correspond to the existing possibilities of the two countries and is far from the desired level.
The Iranian foreign minister referred to the determination of the Islamic Republic’s government to interact and cooperate with African countries, especially Nigeria as per the foreign policy of the 13th administration.
Amirabdollahian stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes there are no limits to the development of ties with Nigeria and that holding the meeting is considered as a key step toward expansion of bilateral relations.
The foreign minister extended the Iranian president’s warm greetings to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari and officially invited him to visit Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
The Nigerian foreign minister, for his part, expressed pleasure at his trip to Tehran and over successfully convening the joint economic commission of the two countries.
Zubairu Dada further thanked the Iranian side for having done coordination for the purpose of successfully holding the session.
He said Iran and Nigeria can create many opportunities for the two countries through good planning. Dada expressed hope that the implementation of the deals reached during the commission’s meeting will greatly help raise the level of bilateral trade ties.
He also declared the Nigerian side’s readiness to boost cooperation and interaction with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying, “We expect to see the expansion of cooperation in various spheres between the two sides in the future.”