Advancing strategic relations with Africa a priority for Iran: Lawmaker
A senior member in Iran’s Parliament says advancement of strategic relations with the African continent is a priority for the Islamic Republic.
Abolfazl Amoui, a representative of Tehran in Parliament, made the comments in Ivory Coast to attend the 49th meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC in Abidjan.
In the meeting with Chantal Fanny, the deputy speaker of Ivory Coast’s Senate, Amoui emphasized the will of Iran to expand bilateral relations with the West African country.
Amoui, the spokesman of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, praised the recent visit Iran’s President to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
“Advancing strategic relations in the field of foreign policy with the African continent is a priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran” he said.
Amoui called the media's depiction of Iran as a country limited by sanctions unrealistic and noted that last year, Iran experienced a trade of over 130 billion dollars, of which 100 billion dollars was the product of non-oil trade.
Announcing the news that a parliamentary friendship group with Iran will soon be formed in the Ivory Coast Senate, Chantal expressed her hope that the measure will be effective in strengthening the political and economic relations between the two countries.