Iran attaches importance to promotion of ties with African states: Senior lawmaker

Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA – First Vice-Speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard said Monday that Tehran attaches great importance to its friendly relations with the African states including Somalia.

Aboutorabifard made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Somali parliamentary delegation.

The senior lawmaker said Tehran and Mogadishu should use existing opportunities to expand bilateral ties.

Iran's Majlis, he said, supports expansion of cooperation with the African countries in industrial and economic fields.

Meanwhile, members of the Somali delegation called for fostering bilateral ties between the two countries, parliamentary relations in particular.

The Somali delegation is in Tehran at the invitation of Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani.