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News > Iran sees no limit in boosting trade ties with SA: Zarif

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Iran sees no limit in boosting trade ties with SA: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the good diplomatic ties between Tehran and Pretoria, and expressed hope that the two countries would further expand their cooperation in economic and trade fields.

Zarif added that the two countries also enjoy similar views on international issues.

The Iranian top diplomat voiced his pleasure at Ramaphosa's visit to Iran, adding "we are looking forward to the upcoming visit of South African President Jacob Zuma to Tehran.”

Zarif noted the great respect the Iranian nation holds for the former South African President, late Nelson Mandela, saying the visits by high-ranking South African officials to the Islamic Republic is a reminiscent of past memories.

For his part, Ramaphosa expressed his country’s appreciation to Iran over its generous supports for the campaign of the South African nation against the Apartheid regime, saying Iran’s assistance helped South Africa to achieve victory faster.

Ramaphosa then voiced his country’s continued support for Iran's peaceful nuclear program, hailing the Islamic Republic for having proceeded with the negotiations so well with major powers; “you insisted on you principles and triumphed. I congratulate you on this victory,” he said.

The South African senior official further maintained that a new prospect has been presented for the two countries’ mutual relations following the nuclear agreement that was reached between Iran and the 5+1 group of countries in July, expressing hope for closer cooperation with Iran under the new conditions.

South African deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa heading a high-ranking eco-political delegation arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday with an aim to explore opportunities for cooperation in trade and investment, energy, agriculture, education, and skills development.

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