Iran foreign minister meets counterparts in South Africa at BRICS meeting
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian concluded a visit to South Africa where he met with a number of foreign counterparts, whose countries are either member to BRICS or are called Friends of BRICS.
In Cape Town, where the meeting was held, the Iranian foreign minister met with counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Gabon, South Africa, Brazil, India, the Comoros, and Russia, the Tehran Times correspondent from Cape Town reported.
BRICS currently includes the five economically emerging countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Friends of BRICS, such as Iran, are countries who aspire to join the economic bloc.
In his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, Amir Abdollahian expressed satisfaction with the good progress made in bilateral ties, saying the ambassadors of the two countries have been introduced fortunately and the stage has been set for the opening of the Embassies and Consulates of the two countries.
He thanked Saudi Arabia for making preparations and providing facilities for Iran’s Hajj pilgrims.
The top Iranian diplomat added that in the previous talks, the two sides discussed the necessity of strengthening the commercial and economic relations between the two countries, and that his Saudi counterpart’s upcoming visit to Tehran will be an opportunity for further discussions and exchange of views aimed at boosting bilateral relations in various fields.
He considered BRICS as a new opportunity for multilateral cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and other member countries of the group, especially in economic and commercial fields.
For his part, the Saudi foreign minister likewise expressed satisfaction with the very good progress achieved in bilateral relations with Iran.
Bin Farhan thanked the Iranian side for the valuable assistance in welcoming the Saudi technical delegation in order to lay the groundwork for the opening of the Saudi Embassy and Consulate in Iran.