Iranian Envoy Underlines Expansion of Ties with Africa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's Ambassador to Uganda Ali Akbar Dabiran reiterated Iran's resolve to expand its relations with the countries of the South, specially with those in Africa.

Speaking to FNA, Dabiran noted Iran's good relations with the African countries, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's policy consists of expanding relations with the countries of the South and these countries are pursuing development of cooperation with Iran as a main ground of their development."

He further noted Iran's activities in Uganda, and said the Iranian private sector has a major role in many developmental projects in the African country.

According to the envoy, the Iranian private sector is implementing several projects in Uganda in the various grounds of agriculture, cattle-breeding, clinic construction, building of slaughterhouse and meat processing plants, furniture and handicrafts manufacturing and medical and pharmaceutical cooperation.

Yet, the diplomat reiterated Uganda's large capacities, calling it as among the pioneering African countries in area of development and industrial growth.

"Uganda is a member of the South Africa Economic Cooperation Organization and a member of the South Africa Cooperation Conference and our country attaches special importance to relations with the member states of these two bodies," the ambassador reiterated.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration has striven hard to maximize Iran's relations with the African continent.

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.

Ahmadinejad reiterated on August 21 that Tehran is determined to expand its ties with all African states.

"Iran is seriously pursuing the development of its ties with all African countries … through solid steps," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with Senegalese Foreign Minister Madicke Niang here in Tehran.