Iran ready to help Ghana fight terrorism, extremism: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

July 26, 2016 6:16 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate
with in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

“A
new chapter has begun in the very good relations between and
Ghana,” Zarif said in a meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani
Mahama in the African country’s capital, Accra, on Tuesday.
He
added that Tehran and Accra enjoy a “very good level of
bilateral cooperation” and “very good and close multilateral cooperation
in international organizations and bodies.”
The Iranian foreign
minister said the trade delegation which is accompanying him in his tour
of West African countries is among the biggest in recent years.
He added that the Iranian businessmen are ready to expand trade ties with Ghana.
Zarif
is in Ghana on the second leg of a four-nation African tour. He paid a
visit to Nigeria before arriving in Accra and will be traveling to
Guinea-Conakry and Mali on the continuation of his tour.
The
Ghanaian president, for his part, said he paid a visit to Tehran in
February, almost a month after the implementation of a nuclear agreement
between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, and noted that his talks
with Iranian officials were successful.
On January 16, Iran and
the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United
States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started
implementing the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan
of Action (JCPOA), which they reached in July 2015.
Mahama added that the two countries have the potential to improve cooperation in oil, gas, agriculture and education.
He
also pointed to the five-year foreign-backed militancy in Syria and
said the crisis in the Arab country cannot be solved through military
approaches.
The Ghanaian president added that his country supports political bids to settle the conflict in Syria.
Syria
has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. UN
Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000
people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. The UN has stopped its
official casualty count in the Middle Eastern state, citing its
inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.
The
Takfiri terrorists operating in the Arab country have suffered major
setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army has managed to
liberate a number of areas from the grip of the extremists.
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