Deputy FM: Iran Welcomes Expanding Ties with South Africa
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri Kani voiced his country's willingness to further broaden mutual cooperation with South Africa.
Baqeri Kani made the remarks in a meeting with South Africa’s Deputy Foreign Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini in Tehran.
He said that Iran-South Africa cooperation should not be limited to meeting the short-term needs of the two countries, adding, "The horizon of Iran-South Africa cooperation should be transnational and long-term."
The South African deputy foreign , for her part, said that the violators of the rights of the Iranian people due to their support for unilateral and illegal sanctions are exactly the same violators of the rights of the people of South Africa at the time of the apartheid regime.
"Since the diversity and extent of human rights abuses between Iran and South Africa by Westerners is unparalleled in the world, Tehran and Pretoria can be the global flag bearers of human rights protection against Westerners," she added.
Mashego-Dlamini also called for continuous consultations with Iran on important developments in Africa and regional and international events.
Candith Mashego-Dlamini arrived in Tehran at the head of a delegation to attend the 10th meeting of the Iran-South Africa political consultative committee.
She also met and held talks with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Sunday.