1047 GMT April 23, 2018
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and Senegal seek to enhance trade relations and economic cooperation.
The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks during a joint economic conference between the two countries, which was held in Dakar on Monday, IRNA reported.
He noted that holding the conference indicates both countries’ determination to pave the way for further cooperation between the private sectors in economic relations.
Zarif said that expansion of economic relations between Tehran and Dakar needs more cooperation between the private sectors as well as the governments’ support.
Upon arrival in Dakar, the Iranian top diplomat called for the expansion of Iran’s economic ties with Senegal, the first destination in his tour of African and Latin American states.
He arrived early on Monday in Senegal as part of his four-nation tour, which will also take him to Namibia, Brazil and Uruguay at the head of a high-level political and economic team.
Zarif said the enhancement of bilateral ties in general, and economic relations specifically, with the destination countries is on the agenda of his tour.
He said Iran has good economic cooperation with Senegal as an important West African nation.
The Iranian minister highlighted Iran’s active role in Senegal’s automotive sector, expressing hope that the ground would be paved for Tehran to begin exporting non-oil products as well as technical and engineering services to the country.
Zarif last toured Africa in October 2017, visiting South Africa, Uganda, and Niger.
He also went on a six-leg Latin America tour a year earlier, traveling to Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela.