The Islamic Republic of Iran has reopened its embassy in the Namibian capital Windhoek after 16 years in a bid to strengthen Tehran's cooperation with African countries, Press TV reported.
The embassy was reopened by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi during a special ceremony on Monday after Kiomars Fotouhi Moqaddam started diplomatic activities as the Iranian ambassador to Windhoek.
"The reopening of Iran's embassy [in Namibia], which took place after a 16-year suspension due to economic problems, in the first look indicates the determination of the two countries' officials to expand mutual relations and in the second look shows part of Iran's macro policies to expand cooperation with the African continent," Salehi said.
He expressed confidence that the reopening of the embassy would play an effective role in strengthening cooperation between Iran and Namibia based on mutual respect and in line with the two nations' interests.
"We have no limitation in ties with Africa and relations are based on principles of brotherhood, justice, and equality," the Iranian minister pointed out.
He noted that Tehran would make efforts to prepare the ground for boosting economic and commercial ties with African countries.
Salehi expressed Iran's readiness to participate in Namibia's development and industrial projects and plans on the basis of common interests.
He hoped Namibia would also open its embassy in Tehran in the near future.
Salehi arrived in Namibia on Monday on the last leg of his tour of African nations. He previously visited Zimbabwe and Comoros.