Iran, Kenya underline broadening of bilateral ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in a meeting in Nairobi on Sunday underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation, specially in ecotourism, wild life management and protected zones.

During the meeting in the Kenyan capital today, Ebtekar and Kenyatta explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties.

During the meeting Ebtekar pointed to the status quo of Iran-Kenya relations, and said, “Iran and Kenya should broaden their relations in ecotourism, wild life management and protected zones.”

The Kenyan president, for his part, pointed to the importance of the two countries’ relations, and said, “The two countries should deepen their cooperation in different areas.”

President Kenyatta also said he is much willing to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in the near future.

Ebtekar also met with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Nairobi on Sunday.

The Iranian vice-president is in Kenya to attend the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi on June 23-27.

Around 1065 participants from 163 member countries as well as 113 ministers attended the 4–day meeting in Nairobi.

Tehran has prioritized promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states and the country is now considered as one of the African Union’s strategic partners.

Tehran’s efforts to boost ties and cooperation with Africa have led to its acceptance as an observing member of the African Union (AU), where it has shown an active presence in the AU summit meetings.

By Fars News Agency

 

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