Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urges facilitation of banking relations with Ghana

July 26, 2016 8:30 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of facilitating banking
relations with in a bid to improve bilateral cooperation.

“To
facilitate relations in the private sector, we should facilitate some
issues such as banking cooperation with Ghana,” Zarif told reporters in
the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Tuesday.
He added that a big
economic delegation is accompanying him in his tour of West African
countries, saying, “This is an opportunity.”

“We
see no obstacle to the expansion of relations with Ghana and and
welcome bolstering ties with these countries,” the top Iranian diplomat
added.

Meanwhile, in a meeting between the Iranian
foreign minister and Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho on
Tuesday, the two sides urged enhanced cooperation in various sectors.
Zarif and Adjaho also exchanged views about ways to fight terrorism.
In
another meeting, between Zarif and Ghana’s President John Dramani
Mahama, the two sides urged the improvement of cooperation, particularly
in economy and at international bodies.
Earlier in the day, Zarif
held a meeting with Hanna Tetteh, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Regional Integration. The two ministers discussed possible ways to
improve relations.
Zarif is in Ghana on the second leg of a
four-nation African tour. He was in Nigeria before arriving in Ghana and
will be traveling to Guinea-Conakry and Mali on the third and fourth
legs of his tour.
On Monday, he addressed a group of Iranian
expatriates in Accra, saying projects by the Israeli and Saudi Arabian
regimes to portray as a threat to the world have been futile over
the past years.
“It is obvious that the cooperation of the Zionist
regime (Israel) and the Saudi regime, which are two like-minded and
congruent regimes, has today become known and can no more be concealed,”
Zarif said.
Zarif has already paid two official visits to Africa.
He
visited four East African countries – Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and
Tanzania – in February 2015, marking the opening of a new chapter in
Tehran’s ties with Africa.
The Iranian foreign minister also made a visit to North African countries of Tunisia and Algeria in August 2015.
Iran
already has a significant presence in agriculture and development
projects in some African countries and has been a major contributor to
humanitarian missions across the continent over the past years.

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