The Islamic Republic of Iran has underlined the significance of relations between Tehran and African countries.
In a Wednesday meeting with Burundian president’s special envoys Majid Sharif Abdulrahman and Leonard Comana in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attached special importance to dialog and consultation between Tehran and Bujumbura on regional and international issues.
The Iranian official also underscored the necessity of following up on the agreements already signed between the two countries.
The Burundian officials also submitted to Amir-Abdollahian their president’s message to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Abdulrahman, for his part, said the implementation of bilateral agreements will help further enhance mutual ties.
The enhancement of relations with African countries in all political, economic and cultural fields is a central plank of Iran’s foreign policy.
On February 10, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani described developing relations with African nations as the priority of his administration, saying there is great potential for expanding economic ties between Iran and Africa.
During their meeting, Amir-Abdollahian, Abdulrahman and Comana also reviewed the latest developments in the Central African Republic, where Muslim communities face daily attacks by Christian militias.
The Central African Republic has been facing deadly violence since December 2013, when Christian armed groups launched coordinated attacks against the mostly Muslim Seleka group that toppled the government in March 2013.