South African president planning to visit Iran soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- South African President Jacob Zuma plans to pay an official visit to Iran before 2015, a senior official announced.

“President Zuma will visit Iran before the end of 2014 concurrent with the 12th Joint Iran-South Africa Economic Commission,” South African Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Numa India Amfakto said.

She pointed to the status quo of Iran-South Africa bilateral ties, and said, “After the liberation of the South African nation and collapse of the Apartheid regime in 1994, Tehran and Pretoria have established good and friendly relations.”

Iran has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent.

Iran is also an observing member of the AU and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.

The country is considered as one of the AU’s strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.

By Fars News Agency


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