Jan 18, 2014, 5:48 PM
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Iran, Senegal call for enhanced ties

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye, in a meeting in Tehran on Saturday called for enhanced relations between the two countries based on mutual respect and interests.

During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister said Iran attaches special significance to expansion of relations with Senegal as an important country in the Muslim world and Africa which plays an influential role in regional and international arenas.

Referring to the formation of new Iranian government under President Hassan Rouhani, Zarif said promotion of ties with African countries and NAM members is the top priority of the new Iranian government.

Zarif voiced Iran's readiness to promote cooperation with Senegal in different fields, including energy, oil, gas, oil products, electricity, construction of power plants and housing units, auto making, agriculture, tourism as well as cultural and academic exchanges between the two countries.

The Foreign minister of Senegal, for his part, termed Iran-Senegal relations as historical, friendly and deep-rooted, saying the two countries enjoy abundant cultural commonalties.

Ndiaye said Iran and Senegal share similar views on regional and international issues, calling for Palestinian people's rights to be vindicated based on justice.

He said he was happy that Iran and the P5+1 have reached an agreement on the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action reached in Geneva on November 24.

He voiced his country's readiness to host the next session of Iran-Senegal Joint Economic Commission.

Ndiaye officially invited Zarif to visit Senegal.

The two foreign ministers also discussed reopening of embassies in Tehran and Dakar.