Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bilateral Relations: Iran, South Africa ties "positive"

A top Iranian Economic Ministry official described as positive the present trend of economic relations between Iran and South Africa.

Deputy to Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Behrouz Alishiri, made the remarks here at the end of his official visit to South Africa to follow up the agreements on economic, trade, scientific and technological areas made between the two countries during their 10th joint commission in Tehran earlier.

He said his visit mainly aimed at spotting areas of further cooperation between the two countries.

He added during the visit he managed to talk with South Africa’s major international companies and its private sector business owners and discuss areas of possible cooperation with them.

According to the deputy minister, the two countries could cooperate in such areas as tourism, science and education as well as exchange of university students and lecturers.

Alishiri said despite the very long distance between the two countries, private sectors in both countries were keen to export their goods to the other country to attract the ready markets they have already identified.

The official also stressed that Iran and South Africa were planning to cooperate in oil, gas, petrochemistry, mines and industries, marine and rail transportation as well as cultural and artistic fields.

Source: IRNA
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