Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has said that developing comprehensive relations with African countries is among the top priorities of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.
Raeisi made the remarks during a meeting with Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey on Monday, saying that under the new Iranian administration, Iran will continue to develop economic, trade and political relations with African countries with a renewed strength.
He said Western powers have mainly sought to colonize and exploit African countries and are currently pursuing their own wishes and interests in the continent in various guises.
He hailed the “valuable” efforts of the African people to “safeguard their independence” and added, “Their success depends on emphasizing national and cultural identity and resisting excessive demands.”
The Iranian President said: “African countries have the necessary capabilities for development and prosperity, and the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the independence, progress and well-being of the African people.”
The Togolese foreign minister, for his part, said his country wishes to establish broad and comprehensive joint relations with Iran in order to activate bilateral capabilities in the service of common interests.
Dussey condemned the West’s cruel sanctions against independent states and nations.
Iran attaches great importance to relations with Algeria: Raeisi
During another meeting with the new Algerian ambassador to Tehran, Ali Arouj, the Iranian president said that the expansion of relations with the North African country was of great importance for the Islamic Republic.
Highlighting the brilliant resistance of the Algerian people against French colonialism, Raeisi said: “The colonial powers have never abandoned their colonial spirit and always pursue their colonial goals with a new approach.”
“However, the Algerian people have always maintained their spirit of resistance,” he added.
He expressed the hope that the two countries would do their utmost to improve bilateral political, economic, trade and cultural relations based on the cordial ties and previous agreements between the two nations.
For his part, the new Algerian ambassador, who presented his credentials to the Iranian president, said that the current level of economic relations between the two countries is not up to the excellent political relations and pledged to do his best to improve the level of his country’s economic and trade cooperation with Iran as an important economic partner.
He stressed that Algeria would firmly pursue its principled policy, particularly in terms of supporting the Palestinian cause, for which it paid a high price.
Raeisi: Iran’s foreign policy aims to strengthen interactions with all countries
Iranian President Raeisi also received Brunei’s new ambassador to Iran, Awang Haji Ismail bin Haji Abdul Manap, saying that the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic seeks to strengthen Tehran’s interactions with all countries, especially neighboring countries and Muslims.
He added that the relations between the two countries are rooted in the sincere relations between the two Muslim nations and expressed the hope that the two sides will further develop cordial cooperation in the regional and international arena.
“It is essential to expand political, economic and trade relations between the two countries based on these relations,” Raeisi said.
Brunei’s new ambassador conveyed his country’s Sultan’s greetings to the Iranian President and pledged to do his best to deepen cooperation between the two brotherly and friendly nations.