Jan 19, 2014, 5:36 AM
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Iran, Senegal determined to boost ties, cooperation

Tehran, Jan 19, IRNA – Iranian first vice president and Senegalese foreign minister in a meeting here Saturday night surveyed ways for expansion of bilateral ties and cooperation.

Es’haq Jahangiri in the meeting referred to President Hassan Rohani’s cabinet’s foreign policy principal of expansion of ties with African countries maximally, as well as lots of commonalties between Iran and Senegal, saying that Tehran is ready for comprehensive expansion of relations with Dakar.

The first vice president also expressed delight over the improved conditions for further expansion of bilateral relations, adding, “The Iranian government considers the conditions ripe for deepening relations with African countries, including Senegal.”

He said that The Islamic Republic of Iran is also ready for crisis resolving in Africa, as the rotating head of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Jahangiri meanwhile referred to the presence of appropriate potentials for expansion of industrial cooperation between the two countries, proposing that the preparations for cooperation in that field can be made during further visits of the two countries’ concerned officials.

Senegal’s Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, too, in the meeting asked Jahangiri to convey his warm greetings to President Rohani, adding, “There is a very good perspective for our bilateral relations in the future and I hope this visit will serve as the opening of a new chapter in Iran-Senegal relations.

He said that his meetings with the Iranian officials were useful and constructive, adding, “Iran and Senegal can boost their relations in various fields, including cooperation in oil, gas, and electricity fields.

Earlier on Saturday Iran and Senegal agreed to set up a joint economic cooperation commission in the Senegalese capital of Dakar in the near future.

The agreement was reached in a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye in Tehran on Saturday.

The Senegalese foreign minister announced that his country was willing to improve its relations with Iran, and said that it plans to reopen its embassy in Tehran in the near future.

“We are studying the situation to prepare the conditions and as soon as our ambassador is appointed the embassy will reopen,” Ndiaye said, addressing a joint press conference after his meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday.

The Senegalese foreign minister stressed that his country deems as very important expansion of ties with Iran, and said, “Iran is a very great country which plays an important role in the region and we have common stances in many fields while we can further expand our relations in agricultural and economic fields.”

In July, a senior Senegalese lawmaker underlined the need for the expansion of mutual cooperation between Dakar and Tehran in all spheres.

The issue was raised in a meeting between a visiting member of the Senegalese Parliament, Kheri Mbake, and Head of the Iranian Parliament's Research Center Kazzem Jalali.

Mbake expressed her satisfaction over the trip to Tehran and said that she hopes that friendly ties between Iran and Senegal would be improved.

Jalali, for his part, said, the ties between Iran and Senegal have always experienced 'ups and downs and we hope that the relations between the two would be promoted to a higher level in future'.

In mid-February 2012, an Iranian deputy foreign minister underlined the necessity for the resumption of the bilateral ties between Tehran and Dakar, saying that the reopening of Iran's embassy in Senegal has been warmly welcomed by the Senegalese media.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian hailed the resumption of relations as 'a significant development in Iran's relations with a key West African country,' noting that the issue has been widely reflected and welcomed in the Senegalese media.

'Our country is in the process of sending an ambassador to Dakar,' Amir Abdollahian said.

He expressed optimism that Dakar would also reopen its embassy in Tehran and appoint an ambassador soon.