Zimbabwe is a strategic ally for Iran in Africa: Minister
Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare says Zimbabwe is Iran’s strategic ally in Africa.
Seyyed Sowlat Mortazavi made the comments at a meeting with Zimbabwe president's wife, Auxillia Mnangagwa, in Tehran on Wednesday.
Referring to the deep-rooted relations between Iran and Zimbabwe, Mortazavi said that Iran and Zimbabwe share common positions in international arenas, and Zimbabwe is a friend and strategic ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the African continent.
Elaborating on the capacities of the Iranian Ministry of Labor, Cooperatives, and Social Welfare, he expressed hope that the two sides can also cooperate extensively in economic and commercial areas with each other.
Pointing to the unilateral sanctions on Iran and Zimbabwe by the West and the US, he underlined that Iran and Zimbabwe should develop economic ties and use bilateral capacities.
Pointing out that eight joint meetings have been held with Zimbabwe so far, he expressed hope that the upcoming summit in Tehran will be held as soon as possible with the plan of exchanging joint cooperation agreements.
Describing sanctions as an opportunity to enhance production and improve human resources productivity, Mortazavi reiterated that Iran is ready to transfer knowledge and pave the way for the development of Zimbabwe’s energy, transportation, tourism, medicine, and mining plus processing sectors.
Mrs. Auxillia Mnangagwa, for her part, described Iran and Zimbabwe’s goals as the same and called for boosting mutual ties.