President’s Africa tour aims at expansion of relations - IRI Deputy FM
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said here on Sunday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Africa aims expansion of Iran's relations with the African states and supporting security and welfare of nations as well as sustainable development of the continent.
Talking to IRNA, Abdollahian said appreciation of African independence seekers' campaign and support for sustainable development and security of the African states are the strategies of the new round of the president's Africa visit.
He said that unfortunately over the past centuries, the invasion of the colonial powers on the continent, enjoying rich civilization and long historical background, to plunder its wealth and for the sake of slavery has resulted in backwardness of the African nation and injustice on them.
Since early years of the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been endeavoring to help restoration of security, welfare and sustainable development in Africa, said Abdollahian.
Such an approach in Iran's foreign policy is irrevocable principle and has been promoted over recent years, he added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Abdollahian said the most suitable solution to conflicts in Africa is collective contribution and using local solutions.
He said the Islamic Republic of Iran and African continent share many capacities in agricultural, industrial, technical, engineering, mining, energy and educational domains. He emphasized Iran's constructive efforts in Africa.
Commenting on the president's tour of west Africa, Abdollahian said on the first leg of his tour of West Africa, which will start on Monday aiming expansion of bilateral relations, the president will visit Benin, Niger and Ghana.