Zarif meets with Nigerian officials on last leg of Africa tour

TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with senior officials in Niger’s capital, ending a three-leg tour of Africa, which earlier took him to South Africa and Uganda.

During the meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey, the two sides discussed the expansion of bilateral relations, and also talked about regional and international issues, including fight against terrorism.

Also on Thursday, the Iran-Niger Business Forum was held in the African state’s capital of Niamey.

The forum was attended by Mr. Zarif and Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and African Integration Ibrahim Yacouba.

In a meeting between Mr. Zarif and Yacouba, the two diplomats discussed regional and international issues and also conferred on ways to expand bilateral relations.

During his two day stay in Niger capital city of Naimey, the Iranian top diplomat also met with the Nigerian Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.

Zarif, who visited Niger as the last leg of his African tour, referred to his meetings with the Niger authorities, and said that there is a political will to expand bilateral ties and collaborations between the two sides.

Wrapping up his African states tour, Mr. Zarif left Niamey for Tehran early on Friday.

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