News ID: 321026
Published: 0344 GMT April 15, 2022

FM: Iran, South Africa can use numerous opportunities, capacities to boost ties

FM: Iran, South Africa can use numerous opportunities, capacities to boost ties

International Desk

Iran and South Africa have considerable opportunities and capacities for expanding bilateral relations, said the foreign minister.

Making the remark in a phone conversation with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian added Africa has an important place in Iran’s foreign relations, IRNA reported.

He added Iran is determined to develop relations with Africa, in general, and South Africa, in particular.

Describing bilateral ties as favorable in different sectors, Amir-Abdollahian expressed Iran’s readiness to hold the 15th meeting of the joint economic committee in the near future.

He noted that the committee’s 14th meeting was held successfully. 

The foreign minister said Iran and South Africa back each other’s stances in international organizations, calling for the continuation of the same trend of cooperation in global communities.

Praising South Africa’s “good” stances toward the issue of Palestine, Amir-Abdollahian said the African country has experienced apartheid and is well aware of the Palestinians’ current circumstances in the face of Israeli apartheid.

Congratulating Amir-Abdollahian on the advent of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the South African minister said Iran is a good friend of her country.

South Africa attaches great importance to its ties with Iran, she stressed.

Pandor commended Iran for the support it provides her country in international organizations, giving the assurance that South Africa sees Palestine as its friend.

Inviting Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi for an official visit to South Arica, she expressed hope that the trip would prepare the ground for a surge in bilateral relations.

In a Tuesday phone conversation with Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Olivia Rouamba, Amir-Abdollahian had voiced Iran’s determination to strengthen ties with African countries, including Burkina Faso.

The Iranian foreign minister underscored the importance of establishing a joint cooperation commission between the two nations.

He also congratulated Rouamba on her appointment.

Amir-Abdollahian expressed concern over Takfiri terrorist groups’ activities in Burkina Faso and West Africa.

Rouamba called for the expansion of scientific and technical cooperation and receiving assistance from Iran in various fields.

As a country that has been grappling with terrorism for years, Iran can share its experience in this regard with Burkina Faso, she added.

Under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Iran has attempted to streamline its foreign policy priorities by including regional, Eastern, and African nations, instead of relying on ties with Western countries, some of which have either imposed or enabled sanctions against the country, Press TV wrote.



Resource: IRNA
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