Feb 7, 2013, 2:12 AM
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Iran-Senegal resume severed diplomatic relations

Cairo, Feb 7, IRNA – Following a decision made by the presidents of Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Senegal, the severed relations of the two countries would be resumed full-scale as of today.

According to IRNA, the communiqué on resuming the two countries' relations was later on signed by both countries' ministers of foreign affairs on the sidelines of the 12th OIC Cairo Summit Meeting.

According to the communiqué, the talks leading to restoration of the two talks were conducted by IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Macky Sall.

The communiqué adds that following the bilateral meeting between the two heads of states the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Senegal gladly resume bilateral friendly relations and full scale cooperation, as well as diplomatic ties and re-opening of embassies in Dakar and Tehran, based on the rules of mutual respect and trust as of Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.

On 23 February 2011, Senegal severed diplomatic relations with Iran.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade had a joint press conference along with a close meeting in February 2008 in the city of Mash'had.

Both sides pledged to expand the bilateral ties in the fields of economy, tourism and politics in addition to increase the efforts for empowering the OIC.

Also the giant Iran-based automaker Iran Khodro established an assembly line to produce Iranian cars in Senegal and dispatch them to the African markets directly from Dakar. This Iranian-Senegalese company has the capacity to produce 10,000 Samand cars annually.