Iran, Zimbabwe call for closer cooperation

HARARE, Jul. 27 (MNA) – Iran's minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare said on Mon. that the country will always have on agenda boosting cooperation with Zimbabwe and other African states.

Ali Rabiei told reporters upon arrival in the Zimbabwean capital on Sunday, adding that Iran will never decrease its ties with countries that were friendly with Iran before the nuclear deal was reached in Vienna on July 14.

The Iranian official noted that the two countries’ permanent joint commission will review the status of Iranian productions and industries in Zimbabwe, exports and a number of purchases.

He also added that the country’s senior officials will be briefed on the successful conclusion of the agreement between Iran and the 5+1 over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who welcomed the Iranian official upon his arrival in Harare, said his country was eager to be informed of the process of Iran nuclear deal, adding there were many arenas of which the two countries could take advantage to expand economic cooperation.

The Zimbabwean diplomat further deemed the joint commission another opportunity for fostering bilateral relations.

Rabiei and Mumbengegwi are slated to co-chair the 8th Joint Permanent Commission on July 27-30 on behalf of their respective countries.

The seventh Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries was held in 2012 in Tehran.

Rabiei is scheduled to meet with senior Zimbabwean officials on the sidelines of the joint commission.


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