1205 GMT July 17, 2018
The African Union’s reaction to international and regional developments, such as supporting the Iran nuclear deal, condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, deploring the US exit from the nuclear agreement as well as its vigilance and logical response to disrespect for the African people demonstrate Africa’s rich political understanding, Zarif said, according to Tasnim News Agency.
He made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing a meeting in Iran’s Foreign Ministry, held to celebrate Africa Day 2018.
Pointing to the international acclaim that Africa has won for its progress in recent years, Zarif said the African states have held several peaceful elections, resolved several regional conflicts through local mediators, and have made big strides in the path to development.
Zarif then highlighted Africa’s significant position in Iran’s foreign policy, saying Tehran seeks to enhance economic relations with the African countries.
Expansion of relations with African nations in the political, economic and cultural fields has been top on the agenda of Iran’s foreign policy in recent years.
All but one of the African countries are members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the world’s second largest organization after the United Nations, in which Iran has an active role.