Iran hails South Africa’s support for Palestine

In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor discussed the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

Amirabdollahian spoke of the importance of Africa in Iran’s foreign policy, stressing the firm resolve of the new Iranian administration to expand ties with the continent, especially with South Africa.

He also described the relations between the two countries as good in various fields.

Referring to the 14th Joint Economic Commission of Iran and South Africa which was successfully held, Amirabdollahian said Iran is ready to hold the 15th event in the near future.

He also pointed out that there are many opportunities and possibilities in Iran-South Africa relations.

The head of Iranian diplomacy referred to Iran’s and South Africa’s support for each other’s position in international organizations and stressed the need to continue this trend and cooperation in global bodies.

He further spoke of South Africa’s good positions on the question of Palestine, saying, “You lived apartheid in your own country and fully understand the current situation of apartheid against the Palestinian people.” .

For his part, Pandor described Iran as South Africa’s good friend and stressed that relations with Tehran are important for his country.

She then thanked Iran’s support for South Africa in international organizations, adding, “We consider Palestine our friend.”

She also extended an invitation from her country’s president to the Iranian president to visit South Africa, the Foreign Ministry website reported.

Pandor finally expressed hope that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s upcoming visit to South Africa would give a boost to bilateral relations.

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