Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has held talks with visiting African counterparts from Benin and Sierra Leone, calling for the expansion of bilateral ties.
In a Tuesday meeting with Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister Samura Kamara, Salehi said developing relations with African nations is among the priorities of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.
He noted that President Hassan Rohani, who took the oath of office on Sunday, will focus his efforts on improving relations with African countries.
The Iranian foreign minister also enumerated the Islamic Republic’s potentials in the fields of engineering and technical services, agriculture, food industries and health as well as higher education, expressing Iran’s willingness to share its experience with African nations, including Sierra Leone.
Kamara, for his part, said his country is interested in broadening ties with Iran in all sectors.
In a separate meeting with Benin’s Foreign Minister Nassirou Bako Arifari, Salehi stressed the need for development of bilateral cooperation.
Iran’s top diplomat further expressed satisfaction with the implementation of joint projects between the two countries in the energy, urban development and education sectors.
For his part, Arifari called for further expansion of ties between Iran and Benin.
He also praised the Islamic Republic for its independent positions vis-à-vis international developments.