Iran, S Africa discuss regional issues

Iran and South Africa have exchanged views on the latest regional issues including developments in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

ID: 43788 | Date: 2016/04/26
In a joint press conference with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, in Tehran on Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for strengthening “intelligence and political” cooperation in a genuine fight against terrorism and violence.

“This can be very helpful and effective in combating terrorist groups,” President Rouhani said.

The two sides also discussed political coordination and possible cooperation between the two countries’ intelligence services.

The Iranian president said both Iran and South Africa believe that a political solution can restore stability to Syria while an inter-Yemeni dialog can settle the conflict in the impoverished country.

The leaders of two countries also urged support for the Iraqi government in its fight against terrorism.  

Tehran and Pretoria also agreed to boost cooperation in the fields of joint venture, agriculture, management of water resources, trade and industry, customs, fight against money-laundering and oil and culture.

Zuma accompanied by a 180-member politico-economic delegation, arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday at the invitation of President Rouhani to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two nations.

It is noteworthy that Imam Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Republic through his messages and speeches frequently emphasized on maintain amicable ties with all world countries, particularly with developing nations.

Following the footsteps of founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, the senior officials of the Islamic Republic have been pursuing a policy of confronting all types of violence and terrorism, and undertaking serious efforts to maintain stability and peace in the Mideast region and elsewhere.