DR Congo Calls for Greater Cooperation with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Léonard She Okitundu, have discussed issues of mutual interest in Tehran.

During the Monday meeting, the DR Congolese official hailed the good relations between the two countries, and pointed to Tehran-Kinshasa cooperation within the framework of international organizations.

“We have always been opposed to the sanctions against the countries, and during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear deal we were supporting the positions of the Islamic Republic,” Okitundu noted.

“DR Congo is interested in boosting ties with the Islamic Republic in various fields, especially in the areas of energy, construction and equipment of hospitals, sanitation, road construction, holding trade fairs in Kinshasa, reconstruction of public buildings and participation in urban planning projects.”

Okitundu also invited FM Zarif to visit his country and the idea was welcomed by the Iranian official.

In turn, Zarif appreciated the DR Congo’s support for the Islamic Republic in the international organizations.

He also stressed the importance of the development of economic cooperation in various fields including energy, power (electricity generation), health and pharmaceutical production, road construction, trade fairs, science , technology, export of technological services and other areas of mutual interest.

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