Iran seeks expansion of ties with African states: Foreign Minister

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the current Iranian administration seeks expansion of diplomatic relations and cooperation with African states.

Speaking in a ceremony marking the 51st anniversary of the establishment of Organization of African Unity (OAU) in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday, Zarif commemorated prominent African leaders and praised their outstanding role in the establishment of justice and freedom in Africa.

The Iranian foreign minister also made a reference to the new forms of discrimination and apartheid in some regions of the world, calling for concerted efforts to tackle the issue.

Zarif strongly condemned extremism and terrorism, expressing sympathy with the victims of terrorist attacks carried out by the Takfiri militant group, Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

On May 20, twin bombs ripped through a crowded bus terminal in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, killing about 120 people.

Hours after the twin bombings in Jos, Boko Haram assailants targeted two villages in the northeastern state of Borno, killing at least 30 people.

In mid-April, Boko Haram abducted around 300 teenage schoolgirls from a school in the town of Chibok in Borno State.

Boko Haram — whose name means “Western education is forbidden” — says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

By Press TV


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