Ivory Coast approaching Iran as ‘key energy partner’

Business Materials 17 October 2016 13:48 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, October 17

By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:

Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Abdallah Albert Toikeusse Mabri on October 16 met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.

“Iran can turn into Ivory Coast’s key partner in energy,” Mabri told Zarif, SHANA news agency reported October 16.

He also called for close cooperation in areas of science, banking, agriculture, and human rights.

Mabri hoped that Iran and Ivory Coast’s joint economic committee convenes in Abidjan, the African country’s economic capital, in the first quarter of 2017.

Elsewhere, he called Iran a “great power”, especially in terms of economy and politics.

He also described the nuclear agreement between Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, and China, plus Germany) as a great achievement.

Ivory Coast, officially called the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a West African country. Its main imports are fuel, staples, and food, mostly brought in from Nigeria, France, and China.