Iran calls for enhanced ties with Sierra Leone

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff has stressed the need for the enhancement of the Islamic Republic’s relations with Sierra Leon.

In a Thursday meeting with Franklyn Bai Kargbo, Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma’s special envoy, in Tehran, Mohammad Nahavandian said the African continent enjoys a significant position in Iran’s foreign policy, emphasizing the need for the expansion of Tehran-Freetown ties in various areas.

The Iranian official further underlined technical and engineering experiences of Iranian firms, saying the Islamic Republic’s state-run and private sectors are ready to take part in energy, road and construction projects in Sierra Leone.

Nahavandian also expressed gratitude for the Sierra Leonean president for inviting his Iranian counterpart to visit the West African country, saying, “Tehran welcomes any plan and proposal that leads to the deepening of relations with African countries.”

The Sierra Leonean official, for his part, said his country favors the expansion of political and economic ties with the Islamic Republic.

Kargbo also called for the participation of Iranian companies in Sierra Leone’s development projects, especially in the energy and housing sectors.

Over the past years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has defined a special priority on its agenda to boost relations with African states.

On December 9, 2013, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic attaches great significance to the expansion of all-out relations with African countries.

In July 2013, Iranian President Rouhani stressed the importance of bilateral relations with African countries for the Islamic Republic.

By Press TV


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