Oct 31, 2013, 5:07 PM
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Iran-South Africa joint commission session held in Pretoria

Pretoria, Oct 31, IRNA – The 11th Iran-South Africa Joint Commission session was held in the capital city of Pretoria on Thursday with participation of the foreign ministers of both countries.

During the session, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Pretoria attaches special significance to expansion of relations with Tehran.

Mashabane said Iran and South Africa enjoy strategic relations, adding the two countries presently cooperate in agricultural, health, environmental and energy sectors.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, for his part, hailed holding of the joint commission session after a five-year interval as a sign of political resolve in both countries to promote bilateral ties.

Referring to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and Tehran’s efforts to help remove the ambiguities in this regard, Zarif said Iran and South Africa as two key members of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), have always played a significant role in campaign against nuclear weapons.

South Africa has been one of the main countries opposing unilateral Western sanctions on Iran, Zarif said.

The Iranian foreign minister called for more active presence of South African companies in Iran as the situation has changed in the country.

“I am here to remove any possible obstacles on the way of enhanced bilateral ties.”

The two foreign ministers also signed a joint statement.