Oct 31, 2013, 8:15 PM
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South African FM calls for lifting of anti-Iran sanctions

Pretoria, Oct 31, IRNA – South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, during a joint press conference with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday called for Western-led sanctions on Iran to be lifted.

The press conference was held after the 11th Iran-South Africa Joint Commission session with participation of the two foreign ministers earlier in the day.

Mashabane voiced South Africa’s readiness to resume import of Iranian oil once the necessary conditions are met.

Iran and the entire Middle East region are regarded as traditional suppliers of crude oil to South Africa, Mashabane said.

Referring to harmful effects of anti-Iran sanctions on the entire region and the whole world, the South African foreign minister stressed the need for solving the issues relating to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program through negotiations.

She called on Iran and G5+1 to go ahead with talks more seriously in order to remove ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear activities.

All countries are entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes including in the fields of energy and medical treatment, she noted.

She expressed hope that the 12th Iran-South Africa Joint Commission session would be held in Tehran next year.