Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Nigeria on key Africa tour

July 25, 2016 12:00 pm

In this file photo, Iranian
Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) arrives to meet
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid (unseen), in Tunis, August 31, 2015.
Zarif is currently on another tour of African nations. (Photo by AFP)

Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in on the first leg of a key
four-nation tour of West to improve bilateral diplomatic and
trade relations.

Heading a high-profile politico-economic
delegation, Zarif departed Tehran for the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on
Sunday evening and arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
early on Monday.
During his stay in Abuja, the top Iranian
diplomat is scheduled to meet and exchange viewpoints on various issues
of mutual interest with senior Nigerian officials.
Zarif’s tour will then take him to Ghana, Guinea-Conakry and Mali.
The
Iranian foreign minister has already paid two official visits to
Africa. He visited Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania in February
2015, marking the opening of a new chapter in the Islamic Republic’s
ties with African countries.
The Iranian foreign minister also paid a visit to the North African countries of Tunisia and Algeria in August 2015.
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