Iran sees ‘new chapter’ in ties with West African states

July 28, 2016 1:41 pm

’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif says his current visit to West will open a
new chapter in cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the African
nations.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Guinea Prime
Minister Mamady Youla in the capital Conakry where he visited Wednesday
as part of a four-nation tour along with a trade delegation.
Zarif
described relations between Tehran and Conakry as “excellent,” saying
the visit will help “open a new chapter in the two countries’ ties,
particularly in the fields of economy and trade.”
Iran and Guinea enjoy “good and extensive” economic cooperation in tandem with bilateral political ties, he said.
Youla,
for his part, said his country seeks enhanced relations with the
Islamic Republic in all areas. Zarif also met with Guinea President
Alpha Conde and Foreign Minister Makale Traore.
Zarif, in Guinea on the third leg of the Africa tour after visiting Nigeria and Ghana, left Conakry for Mali on Thursday.
The
Iranian foreign minister has already paid two official visits to
Africa. He visited Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania in February
2015.
Zarif also visited North African countries of Tunisia and Algeria in August 2015.
Iran
has a significant presence in agricultural and economic projects in
some African countries and has been a major contributor to humanitarian
missions in the continent.
The country is willing to engage deeper
both politically and economically in Africa and bolster its footprints
in the continent’s development following the removal of sanctions on the
Islamic Republic.
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