Amir-Abdollahian:

Iran, S Africa hold excellent parliamentary ties

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TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) – Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran and South Africa could use their capabilities to remove barriers to expansion of bilateral relations.

South African Ambassador to Iran William Max Whitehead met and talked with Iranian Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday morning.

The Iranian side, early into the session, referred to the significant position held by South Africa as well as good relations between the two countries adding “fortunately, political and parliamentary relations of the two countries are in a favorable situation. The recent visit of the South African Parliament Speaker to Tehran indicated that the two parliaments enjoy high-level relations.”

“Parliaments of the two countries can rely on existing capacities to help tackle existing obstacles in line with development of bilateral cooperation in political, economic and cultural spheres,” stressed Amir-Abdollahian underscoring capabilities of Iran’s Parliament and the significant role played by its commissions and friendship groups.

He referred to the process of cooperation between Iran and South Africa in various sectors adding “political and parliamentary relations are in a very good shape though greater efforts need to be made to bolster economic and trade transactions.”

At the end of his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian appreciated the efforts of the South African ambassador during his mission in the country.

Also at the meeting, South Africa’s William Max Whitehead pointed to completion of his mission in Iran and said development of relations with Iran in various fields has always been pursued by the parliament and government of South Africa.

Ambassador of South Africa to Iran, while calling to deeper economic ties between the two countries, said “exploiting capacity of parliamentary ties between the two countries plays an important role in growth of communications between Iran and South Africa especially in economic and trade arenas.” He also emphasized the need to develop private-sector partnerships.

Whitehead enumerated the main measures taken during his five-year mission in Tehran explaining “attempts to bolster cooperation between the two countries are not restricted to a particular person or government, and will continue uninterruptedly.”

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