Iran, South Africa keen for closer economic ties

Rouhani-South Africa

Tehran is willing to expand economic relations with Pretoria and the ties should develop with a good momentum, said the president in a meeting with Nkoana-Mashabane.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane explored avenues for the promotion of Tehran- Pretoria ties in diverse areas, economy in particular.

During the meeting in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani said there is good ground for boosting cooperation between the two countries at bilateral and multilateral levels.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to further increase consultations and mutual cooperation,” the Iranian president said.

Tehran is willing to expand economic relations with Pretoria, he stated, adding that the ties should develop with a good momentum.

The South African minister, for her part, emphasized that the two countries should use the “good political relations” for boosting economic ties.

“Today, we are conveying the message of goodwill, solidarity, partnership and extensive cooperation between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” she said.

Expansion of relations with African nations in all political, economic and cultural fields is top on the agenda of Iran’s foreign policy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who took office in August 2013, has repeatedly stressed his government’s interest in boosting relations with the African states.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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