Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as South Africa’s new president.
In a letter to his South African new counterpart, President Rouhani expressed the hope relations between Tehran and Pretoria would develop at bilateral and international levels more than ever.
“I hope under your presidency, the relations between the two countries would begin to deepen further and we would expand our ties in all fields of mutual interests,” a Farsi report by president’s official website said on Sunday.
He then wished the best for the government and nation of South Africa.
African National Congress (ANC) leader Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa’s new president on February 15, following his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s departure after a long power struggle.
Ramaphosa, 65, was formerly Zuma’s deputy president. He was elected leader of the ruling ANC in December, narrowly defeating Zuma’s chosen candidate, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.