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2022-May-19  18:53

Iranian Envoys Confer on Removing Obstacles to Develop Economic Cooperation with Africa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's ambassadors to African countries in a virtual meeting discussed ways to further expand economic cooperation with Africa by removing barriers.

The online meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari.

During the meeting, the Iranian envoys called for taking advantage of opportunities as well as resolving hurdles ahead of exports growth of the country to the African countries.

Turning to the efforts of 13th government to improve foreign trade balance and also strengthening economic and trade ties with African countries, Safari said that several expert-level meeting were held with African countries' economic delegations in the past nine months.

Through the coordination made in this regard, joint economic commission will be held with other countries in the first six months of this year (started March 21, 2022), he emphasized.

Non-oil products, specially in the field of knowledge-based, technical and engineering services, medicine and medical equipment, food products and construction materials, are among the sectors that have great potential for export growth to African countries, Safari added.

Emphasis on the need to launch a shipping line and direct airlines between Iran and African countries as well as opportunity of transiting products from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to Africa via Iranian land and sea routes was among the other topics discussed in the virtual meeting.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber said that developing trade and economic relations with African countries is a top priority in Iran's foreign policy.

In the meeting, Mokhber and Ghanaian Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Ibrahim Mohammed Awal discussed ways to develop the two countries' relations and cooperation in all fields, specially trade and economy.

Also, last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined his country's serious determination to expand relations with African countries.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso Olivia Rouamba. 

"Africa is very important for the country’s foreign policy and then stressed that Iran is determined to strengthen ties with African countries, including Burkina Faso," Amir Abdollahian said.